Carpenter's homer lifts Cards over Astros

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St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Matt Carpenter's two-run home run in the seventh inning was the difference as the St. Louis Cardinals slid past the Houston Astros, 5-4, in the finale of a two-game Interleague series at Busch Stadium.

Tony Cruz was hit with the first pitch of the seventh by Jordan Lyles. After striking out pinch-hitter Yadier Molina, Lyles was replaced by Wesley Wright (0-3). Carpenter welcomed Wright with a blast to right-field to give St. Louis the one-run advantage.

The Astros took the lead in the top half of the seventh off Seth Maness (5-1), but he earned the win thanks to Carpenter. Edward Mujica had a shaky ninth, but was able to get Carlos Pena to ground into a game-ending double play to collect his 25th save of the year.

Matt Holliday had two hits and drove in a pair of runs while Matt Adams added an RBI for the Cardinals, who extended their winning streak to five games.

Brett Wallace collected four hits with an RBI and Chris Carter had a solo homer for the Astros, who have won just twice in their last 12 games.

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