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.
Kaz Matsui had two hits and one RBI.
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.