Carlos Beltran Leads Cardinals Past Astros, 5-4


Eliot J. Schechter/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) — Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran belted a pinch-hit, go-ahead two-run double in the bottom of the sixth as St. Louis defeated the Houston Astros Thursday afternoon, 5-4, sweeping the three-game series.

First baseman Allen Craig put the Red Birds on the board in the bottom of the first with a three-run blast, his 22nd home run of the season.

Cardinals pitcher Jamie Garcia picked up the victory (5-7), giving up three earned runs on six hits in six innings of work.

The Astros fell to 48-102 on the season.

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