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This Day In Astros History: Aug. 3, 1965

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On this day, 46 years ago, the Astros beat the Cardinals 10-7 in the first game of a doubleheader at Busch Stadium. It was also the second doubleheader in three days for Houston, all on the road.

Larry Dierker got the victory for Houston, pitching 6 1/3 innings and giving up five hits, five runs, four walks while striking out five. It was Dierk's fifth win of the season and evened his season record. Jim Owens, Mike Cuellar and Ron Taylor finished out the game for Houston.

Dierker, however, got in something more than just his pitching line, hitting his first home run of the season. It was one of two homers Houston hit, along with Jimmy Wynn's 13th of the season. The Astros hit for the cycle as a team, with Lee Maye (not to be confused with Lee May from yesterday's recap) getting a triple and Rusty Staub and Jim Gentile hitting doubles.

Joe Morgan drove in the game's first run in the top of the first with a sacrifice fly. Dierker then gave himself a little more of a cushion with a solo shot in the top of the second. Lou Brock cut into that lead with a solo shot in the third off Dierker. It was one of two homers Dierker gave up in the game.

That second home run was a two-run shot by Tim McCarver in the bottom of the fifth that tied things up at 3-3. That set up Houston's big inning in the top of the seventh. Walt Bond got things going with an RBI single, scoring Morgan. Bob Aspromonte followed with another single, which scored pinch-hitter Joe Gaines from third. Wynn then cleared the bases with his three-run homer to give Houston a 8-3 lead.

Here's the graphic replay of the game, thanks to Back to Baseball.