HOUSTON -- Astros left-hander Erik Bedard received the run support necessary to support another solid performance as Houston earned a split of its interleague series with the St. Louis Cardinals via a 4-3 win Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park.
Bedard (3-3) recorded his third consecutive quality start and that, combined with the Astros' four-run fourth inning and exceptional work from their bullpen, proved sufficient in stifling the Cardinals (48-30).
Josh Fields and Wesley Wright combined to work a perfect seventh inning for Houston (30-49) before Jose Cisnero and Jose Veras worked around three combined base runners to preserve the lead.
Veras recorded his 16th save despite allowing pinch hitters Jon Jay and Matt Adams to reach base in succession with one out in the ninth inning.
Two pitches into his 14th start, Bedard faced a 2-0 deficit courtesy of an infield single from Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter and a two-run home run to left field by Yadier Molina, who was manning first base for just the second time in his career.
Carpenter and Molina swung at the first pitch of their respective at-bats, and when Bedard surrendered a sharp single to center to St. Louis' third batter, Carlos Beltran, he appeared on the brink of trouble. But Bedard induced a double-play grounder from right fielder Allen Craig and recovered to pitch elusively through six innings of work.
Craig cranked a leadoff home run off Bedard in the fourth inning and Bedard allowed three additional base hits before his stint concluded. But Craig represented the final run against Bedard, who allowed three runs on seven hits and one walk with six strikeouts
As they did in the sixth inning of the series opener, the Astros rallied with a four-run frame, this time in the fourth inning off Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn. The first four batters of the fourth reached against Lynn, with Carlos Pena working a bases-loaded walk that scored Jose Altuve before J.D. Martinez and Brett Wallace delivered RBIs.
Center fielder Brandon Barnes capped the inning with a run-scoring single to center that scored Wallace and pushed Houston to a 4-3 lead.
NOTES: Right-hander Ross Seaton and left-hander Wade LeBlanc both cleared waivers on Wednesday and were outrighted to Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Oklahoma City, respectively. The Astros designated both for assignment last week. ... The Cardinals activated right-hander Fernando Salas from the 15-day disabled list and assigned him to Triple-A Memphis. Salas was placed on the DL with right shoulder inflammation on May 21.