The Cardinals mounted a furious comeback attempt in the ninth inning Tuesday at Houston.
Unfortunately, they were unable to overcome their terrible start and lost to the Astros to slip back to the .500 mark.
Jaime Garcia, who was skipped on the last pass through the rotation because of elbow soreness, didn't seem like he was much better. Garcia gave up six earned runs on five hits and a pair of walks in only two innings pitched to put the Birds down 6-1 when he left the game.
The Cardinals cut the lead to 6-4 in the third when Matt Adams hit a three-run blast over the 436 foot sign on the centerfield wall at the Juice Box. But the Astros added single runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings to make the score 9-4.
In the top of the ninth, Adams singled to lead off the frame. After pinch hitter Steven Hill struck out, Tony Cruz reach on a hit and then Adron Chambers tripled in a pair to make the score 9-6. Rafael Furcal homered to cut the lead to 9-8 with the heart of the order coming to the plate.
But Carlos Beltran popped out to third base, Matt Holliday was walked and Allen Craig grounded out to end the game.
I'm curious to see if the Cardinals will report that Garcia is still ailing -- or if they will blame his poor outing on rust thanks to his layoff. I'm pretty worried about the young lefty because he doesn't seem right. But, then again, he hasn't seemed consistently good since the Redbirds rewarded him last year with a contract extension.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Adams had two hits in four at-bats including his impressive homer. He scored two runs and dove in three.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Adams' homer.
Lowlight: Garcia fell below the .500 mark for the season at 3-4 thanks to his poor outing while his ERA rose to 4.48.