Troy Glaus hits a two-run double in the eighth inning to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 5-3 win over the Houston Astros Tuesday night.
The Cardinals entered the bottom of the eighth tied at three and Geoff Geary was pitching for the Astros. Skip Schumaker led off the inning with a ground out. Chris Duncan was walked and Albert Pujols reached on an infield single. Geary got Rick Ankiel to strike swinging before allowing Glaus’ two run hit.
Anthony Reyes, who was a starting pitcher last season, got the win pitching three scoreless innings in relief and only allowing one hit. St. Louis manager Tony La Russa credited both Reyes and Glaus for winning the game.
"Troy's hit was huge, but we don't have a chance without Anthony's pitching," La Russa said. "He was really pumping it. That's the way he's looked before. He was really going after those guys. It was a clutch job by him he deserves something good like a 'W.'"
Reyes said he has improved from last season
"My mechanics are coming back," said Reyes (1-0), who struck out one. "In spring training I was OK, but I wasn't quite there. I just needed to remember what I used to do. I've tweaked a couple of things and I'm feeling better and better."
Geary (0-1) got the loss and allowed runs for the first time this season. Shawn Chacon was Houston’s starting pitcher and pitched six innings, allowing four hits, three runs, walked four and struck out two. Chacon said he did not have his best stuff.
"I could have been a lot better and I will be a lot better," Chacon said.
Houston’s manager Cecil Cooper was pleased with the pitching but was not with the hitting.
"It was a pretty good night pitching for us, we just couldn't get a big hit," Astros manager Cecil Cooper said.
Brad Thompson was the Cardinals starter and allowed five hits, three runs; two walks and struck out five in four innings. Jason Isringhausen pitched a perfect ninth to get his fourth save of the season.
The Cardinals started the scoring in the second with a suicide squeeze by Thompson that scored Ankiel. Duncan made it a 2-0 game when he hit a sacrifice fly to center that scored Schumaker who tripled to center.
Houston scored their first and only runs in the third inning. Lance Berkman doubled to center and Carlos Lee walked. Miguel Tejada drove both of them in with a double and advanced to third on the throw, which tied the game at two. Tejada gave the Astros a 3-2 lead when he scored on Thompson’s wild pitch.
The Cardinals tied the game in the sixth. Duncan led off with a single to center. Pujols struck out swinging and Ankiel singled to right moving Duncan to second. After Glaus struck out swinging, Adam Kennedy scored Duncan on a single.
The Houston Astros (3-6) close out the series with the Cardinals (6-2) 7:05 pm CST Wednesday. Chris Sampson (0-0) will start for Houston against the Cardinals’ Braden Looper (1-0).