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Cardinals 8, Astros 2: 2012 flashbacks

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Astros fall to just two games above .500 after a short series sweep at the hands of the Cardinals.

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It felt right seeing the new-look Astros in blue and orange facing their old NL Central foe Cardinals at Minute Maid Park for two games. It sure did look pretty. But the only problem is baseball isn't a beauty contest. The play of the two teams matters and the Cardinals proved to be the better team over the past two games.

The Cardinals rode seven innings of one-run baseball from Carlos Martinez to an 8-2 on Wednesday over the Astros.

The Astros started on the right foot in the second inning as Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve flashed a web gem on a grounder from Stephen Piscotty to turn a double play in the first. But it would be the only highlight for Houston for much of the game.

St. Louis put three runs on the board in the third inning on five hits by the Cardinals led by a two-run double from Yadier Molina.

Jeremy Hazelbaker hit a solo home run off Doug Fister in the fourth to put St. Louis up 4-0. Lamar Consolidated High School product Randal Gricuk added to the Cardinals' advantage with a double to score Jedd Gyorko in the sixth.

Teoscar Hernandez doubled to open the bottom of the sixth and Alex Bregman drove him with a single. Brandon Moss put the game away with a three-run home run in the sixth off Tony Sipp.

Jose Altuve continued to fight with a RBI double to left, scoring George Springer in the eighth inning. Houston even got the bases loaded in ninth with no outs, but couldn't push across a run.