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MLB: Houston 4, St. Louis 3

ST. LOUIS, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Jeff Keppinger's solo homer Thursday led the Houston Astros to a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Keppinger's fourth homer this season, his only hit, snapped a 3-3 tie with two outs in the top of the ninth.

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Kaz Matsui had two hits and one RBI.

Michael Bourn had one RBI, while Chris Coste added two hits for the Astros, who averted a three-game sweep.

The winner was closer Jose Valverde (2-2).

Starter Brian Moehler gave up three runs and six hits in six innings.

St. Louis scored on Ryan Ludwick's sixth-inning two-run single and Matt Holliday's solo homer in the second.

Julio Lugo had two of the eight hits for the Cardinals, who had won four in a row.

The losing pitcher was reliever Kyle McClellan (4-3).

Starter Chris Carpenter surrendered two runs and five hits in six innings.

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