MLB: Houston 8, St. Louis 2

May 5, 2012 at 10:04 PM

HOUSTON, May 5 (UPI) -- Chris Johnson belted a grand slam and Bud Norris didn't allow an earned run over six innings Saturday in the Houston Astros' 8-2 win over St. Louis.

Trailing 1-0, the Astros loaded the bases with two outs in the first inning off Jaime Garcia (2-2) and Johnson golfed an 0-2 pitch into the left field bleachers, breaking the contest open.

Jed Lowrie added a two-run shot for Houston, which clinched its three-game series against National League Central-leading St. Louis.

After yielding an unearned run in the first, Norris (2-1) settled down to tame the Cardinals on three hits, overcoming four walks while striking out four.

Garcia finished by allowed six runs on four hits in a six-inning effort for the Cards, who dropped their third straight.

Matt Holliday and Carlos Beltran each drove in a run for the losers.

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