MLB Scores: Astros top Cards 3-2 in spring pitching duel

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BudChuck dominates the Cards, buoyed by another strong leadoff performance from Altuve and some power from Carter.

Not a ton of things to talk about in today's latest spring victory. Jaime Garcia was good for the Cards, but BudChuck showed his dominance of all things StL continues in the spring.

Budly pitched six shutout innings with three hits and three walks allowed while striking out four. The only damage St. Louis managed came off Jose Vera's, who did NOT harness the power of the plantain. Veras gave up two runs on a groundout and a sacrifice fly while striking out none and walking one in 2/3 innings of work. Vera's also gave up a hit, getting bailed out of the inning by Xavier Cedeno.

Jose Valdez and Chia-Jen Lo both threw a scoreless inning in relief, with Lo picking up the save.

Offensively, only one Astro had an extra-base hit, with Chris Carter's RBI double scoring Jose Altuve after a leadoff walk. Altuve e had another nice game in the leadoff spot, going 2 for 3 with two runs scored and that walk. Rick Ankiel had an R I on a sac fly and Tyler Greene scored a run, but the real story here is the pitching, not the offense.

This was also Bud's last start before his date with the Rangers. Anyone impressed with how he did? Norris will pitch against minor leaguers on Tuesday, but this was it against major leaguers.

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