St. Louis (34-19) at Houston (20-32)

Cloudy Currently: Houston, TX
Temp: 59° F
  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Fri Jun 3, 2005
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The Houston Astros hope to keep their momentum going as they send Andy Pettitte to the mound to open their three-game series against the first-place St. Louis Cardinals at Minute Maid Park.

The Astros have won four of five to show some life in what has mostly been a dismal first two months of the season. Houston is 5-2 since losing a season-high seven straight in the middle of May.

Roy Oswalt improved to 14-0 against the Cincinnati Reds by leading the Astros to a 4-1 victory Wednesday.

Lance Berkman put Houston ahead 2-1 in the fourth inning with his second homer of the season. Jason Lane had a two-run double in the seventh.

The Astros hope Pettitte can get them off on the right foot against the Cardinals.

Pettitte, who has only faced St. Louis once, is 3-5 despite a respectable 3.71 ERA. Pettitte went 2-3 in May, finishing the month with a 2-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday. The southpaw held the Brewers to three hits and struck out eight in six innings.

Pettitte failed to earn a decision after allowing one run and four hits in six innings of Houston’s 4-1 win over St. Louis on April 6.

The Cardinals, who have lost three of five following a five-game win streak, has a comfortable 5 1/2 -game lead in the NL Central. Houston is 13 1/2 games back in sixth place.

St. Louis closer Jason Isringhausen walked Colorado’s Todd Helton with the bases loaded in an 8-7 loss to the woeful Rockies on Thursday.

Isringhausen suffered his first blown save in 22 tries dating to last season. It was the reliever’s first blemish in a season in which he had converted all 16 of his save opportunities and allowed only one earned run.

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C. Carpenter StL vs. A. Pettitte NYY
21-5 Record 17-9
2.83 ERA 2.39
213 K 171
51 BB 41
1.06 WHIP 1.03