MLB: St. Louis 13, Houston 5

Aug. 23, 2012 at 5:28 PM
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ST. LOUIS, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- David Freese and Matt Holliday each drove in four runs Thursday in helping the St. Louis Cardinals to a come-from-behind 13-5 win over the Houston Astros.

Houston led 4-0 after 3 1/2 innings and 5-3 after 4 1/2 but still lost their seventh straight game. The Astros have a major-league worst 39-86 record.

St. Louis took control of the game with a five-run fifth inning in which Holliday doubled in three runs. The Cardinals added a single run in the sixth and four runs in the eighth. That rally was capped by an RBI single by Freese.

Jake Westbrook (13-9) got the win despite being charged with seven hits and five runs -- all earned -- in just five innings.

Houston starter Dallas Keuchel (1-6) was chased in the fifth in taking the loss. He was touched for five hits and one walk. Five of the six runs he allowed were earned.

Keuchel had a sacrifice fly and Jose Altuve drove in a pair of runs as the Astros built a 4-0 lead. St. Louis answered in the bottom of the fourth with a three-run home run by Freese.

Scott Moore had a sacrifice fly for a 5-3 lead for Houston in the fifth before the Cardinals batted around in the bottom of the inning fifth with Holliday contributing a bases-loaded double.

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