Houston (8-7) at St. Louis (9-5)

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  • Game info: 8:10 pm EDT Fri Apr 22, 2005
  • TV: FSSW, FSMW
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Jason Marquis will try and continue his strong start to the season as the St. Louis Cardinals play the opener of a three-game set with the Houston Astros.

Marquis broke out last season with a 15-7 record, 138 strikeouts and a 3.71 ERA in 32 starts for St. Louis.

The 26-year-old righty is looking to make it three straight wins in as many starts. Marquis has only allowed three earned runs in 20 1-3 innings over his first three apperances this season.

Marquis went eight innings, allowing two runs—one earned—and three hits while striking out five to earn a 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday. He baffled the Brewers hitters, retiring the final 18 batters he faced.

“You locate that slider well and it’s a tough pitch to hit consistently,” Milwaukee’s Lyle Overbay said about Marquis. “Then you’ve got that 93 mph sinker that he can run in on right-handers and away from lefties.”

Marquis gave up just one earned run in 6 1-3 innings to pick up a 5-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds in his previous outing on April 12. St. Louis is hoping the right-hander can help them earn their seventh win in eight games.

Chris Carpenter threw a seven-hitter to lead the Cardinals to a 4-0 win over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.

Scott Rolen homered, hit his 300th career double and had three RBIs for St. Louis. Rolen, the cleanup hitter most of the season, was moved down to fifth for only the second time, and his big day raised his average to only .228.

“My last at-bat I was able to relax a little bit,” Rolen said. “Not until you relax do you realize how much you’re pressing.”

Houston has won three straight after picking up an 8-7 victory over the Brewers on Thursday.

Andy Pettitte pitched seven strong innings to win for the first time since last July and rookie Willy Taveras had an RBI triple to lead the Astros.

Taveras went 2-for-3 to lift his batting average to .312. The 23-year-old outfielder has knocked in four runs and scored nine in 11 games.

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B. Duckworth Bos vs. J. Marquis Cin
0-1 Record 13-14
11.02 ERA 4.13
10 K 100
7 BB 69
1.90 WHIP 1.33