Miller seeks 10th win as Cards go for fifth straight; Beltran, Molina out of lineup

News-DemocratJuly 10, 2013 

— Shelby Miller will aim for his 10th win of the season Wednesday as the St. Louis Cardinals try to complete a two-game sweep of Houston and run their winning streak to five games.

Miller (9-6, 2.80 ERA) will pitch against the Astros' Jordan Lyles (4-3, 3.87 ERA). Tony Cruz will catch Miller as the Cardinals give Yadier Molina a breather. Molina returned to the lineu Tuesday after missing two games with right-knee inflammation.

Molina, who was 0-for-2, did not catch the entire game; Cruz replaced him in the eighth inning.

"It's just what we're doing moving forward," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of the break for Molina. "We're taking opportunities, when we have them, to give him a little rest. It's truly been part of the plan from the beginning."

Right fielder Carlos Beltran also will be idled, and Pete Kozma will yield shortstop to Daniel Descalso for the fifth time in six games. Descalso is 7-for-18 (.389) with four doubles and three RBIs in his last six games, one in which he only played one inning.

Matheny said Kozma isn't being pushed out.

"Pete understands, and we had a conversation today," Matheny said. "Everything we've said in the past still stands true. We really like what we've seen him do. We'll continue to have him out there, but today is a good day for Danny to continue after a good night last night."

Descalso was 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored Tuesday night. He is batting .280 after being at .167 on May 8.

Here are the lineups:


Matt Carpenter, 2B

Jon Jay, CF

Matt Holliday, LF

Allen Craig, RF

Matt Adams, 1B

David Freese, 3B

Daniel Descalso, 3B

Tony Cruz, C

Shelby Miller, P

ASTROS (32-58)

Jake Elmore, SS

Jose Altuve, 2B

Jason Castro, C

Chris Carter, LF

Brett Wallace, 1B

J.D. Martinez, RF

Brandon Barnes, CF

Matt Dominguez, 3B

Jordan Lyles, P

Contact reporter David Wilhelm at or 239-2665. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidMWilhelm.

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