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OF Jimmy Paredes was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City after Wednesday's game to clear a roster spot for Friday's starting pitcher, RHP Jarred Cosart. In his latest two-week stint in the majors, Paredes went 2-for-17 (.118). On the season, he's hitting .178 with a .229 on-base percentage, one homer and eight RBIs in 37 games.
RHP Jordan Lyles had his sinker working well Wednesday night, producing 13 groundouts and leaving with a 4-3 lead over the Cardinals in the seventh inning. Lyles again displayed excellent control, walking just two while throwing into a pretty tight strike zone, and he gave Houston a chance to win before the bullpen coughed it up.
RHP Jarred Cosart will be recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to make his major league debut Friday night in Tampa Bay against David Price. The 23-year-old is known for a knee-buckling curve and has produced a 7-4 mark with a 3.29 ERA in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. One concern: 50 walks over 93 innings, though he has struck out 93.
1B Brett Wallace registered a career-high four hits, including an RBI single in the seventh that gave the Astros a short-lived 4-3 lead. Wallace is 8-for-21 (.381) in his last five games against the Cardinals, knocking in runs in all five. He used the entire ballpark Wednesday night, spraying hits to all fields.
SS Ronny Cedeno didn't play Wednesday due to a bruised left big toe. He left Tuesday's game in the bottom of the fifth after fouling a pitch off the toe. Rookie Jake Elmore took his place Wednesday and went 0-for-3 with two walks as the leadoff man.
LF Chris Carter displayed his power Wednesday night with his 18th homer, a line shot just over the wall in the second inning. It was Carter's 11th homer away from Minute Maid Park. He's reached base in 19 of his last 21 games, dating back to June 15.