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Cardinals @ Astros, Sept. 1

The Cardinals overcame a first inning offensive gaffe to score for the first time in three games Wednesday against the Astros. But the result was the same: Another frustrating loss to another crummy team.

Skip Schumaker led off the game with an opposite field double. With Albert Pujols on deck and no one out, Aaron Miles inexplicably tried to bunt Scumaker to third... He fouled off the first pitch and then the second before hitting a ball right back to the Houston pitcher -- who spun around to catch Schumaker wondering off second.

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Former Cardinals farmhand Brett Wallace is tagged out at the plate Wednesday by catcher Yadier Molina. AP photo.

Pujols, who was oh-fer the Astros series, fouled out to the catcher for the second out. And it looked like the inning was going to be a bust before Matt Holliday hit a homer over the Crawford Boxes in left to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead.

Starter Jeff Suppan looked good through four innings, shutting out the Astros. But he got into trouble in the fifth and had runners at first and second with one out and a 2-1 lead when Hunter Pence ruined his whole day with a three-run homer.

The Astros added a fifth run in the seventh when Michael Bourne singled, went to send on a passed ball, advanced to third on a lineout to right then scored on a sacrifice fly -- to shortstop.

Cardinals Star of the Game
: Holliday, I guess.

Cardinals Play of the Game: Holliday's homer.

Lowlight: Everything that happened after the first inning.