The Cardinals on Thursday rallied from an early deficit to blast the Astros 14-2 and get back into the business of winning series.
In the first inning St. Louis starter Lance Lynn allowed a cheap homer into the Crawford Boxes at the Juice Box. In most of the parks in the majors it would have been a fly out to end the inning. In the second he got into trouble with back-to-back doubles that plated another run.
But as Lynn settled in, the Cardinals bats started to warm up. In the third the Cardinals scored three runs started by Tyler Greene's lead-off single. Shane Robinson walked to put two on with no out, then Lynn bunted the runners to second and third. Rafael Furcal bunted for a single to drive in the first Redbirds run, then Carlos Beltran hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game. Matt Holliday walked to push Furcal over to second base and then Furcal scored when Allen Craig singled to put St. Louis up 3-2.
The Cardinals added on runs in the fifth and sixth innings when Beltran hit a solo homer and Shane Robinson scored on a Rafael Furcal single.
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Then they blew open the game with seven runs in the seventh punctuated by a David Freese grand slam. Freese added a two-run homer in the top of the ninth to apparently bust out of his recent slump.
Lynn lasted six innings and allowed two runs on six hits and a pair of walks. He struck out 11 and improved to 9-2 with a 2.66 ERA.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Furcal was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two driven in.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Freese's Grand slam.