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Astros 4, Cardinals 3: Erik Bedard worked six solid innings and host Houston scored four times in the fourth inning before holding on to win the finale of the brief two-game interleague series.
Bedard (3-3) yielded three runs and seven hits while striking out six and Jose Veras worked around a hit and a walk in the ninth for his 16th save in 19 opportunities. The win was Houston’s second in its last 13 meetings with St. Louis.
Lance Lynn (10-2) allowed one baserunner over the first three innings before running into trouble in the fourth, when Jose Altuve and Jason Castro began the rally with consecutive singles. The Astros scored one run as Lynn walked the next two batters, and J.D. Martinez’s RBI groundout cut the deficit to 3-2.
Former Cardinal Brett Wallace tied the game with an RBI single and Brandon Barnes capped the rally two batters later with a run-scoring base hit to left-center field. Lynn returned to form after the long inning, allowing just one more hit before leaving after 7 2/3 frames.
Yadier Molina gave the Cardinals an early lead with a two-run homer in the first and Allen Craig belted a solo shot in the fourth to make it 3-0. Molina, who started at first base for the first time since June 22, 2008, has six hits - two homers - in 11 career at-bats against Bedard.
GAME NOTEBOOK: The Astros improved to 9-4 on Wednesday, the only day of the week on which they have a winning record. … Cardinals 3B David Freese went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. … Houston RF Justin Maxwell missed the game with a mild concussion suffered in Tuesday’s contest and is listed as day-to-day.