Carlos Martinez took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and Jeremy Hazelbaker and Brandon Moss hit home runs to lead St. Louis to a win at Houston on Wednesday.
The Cardinals have won four straight and have a slim lead for the second NL wild-card spot over the Pirates and Marlins.
In his last start, Keuchel pitched 9.0 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out seven and walking two in a 5-0 victory over the Rangers. But just as suddenly he came undone, surrendering a hard-hit double to Randal Grichuk two batters before Pham blasted a two-run homer the opposite way to right field with two outs and two strikes that made it 4-4.After limiting the damage to two runs in the fifth, Keuchel issued a walk to Matt Carpenter and allowed a single to Moss before being lifted for Pat Neshek, who failed to provide relief by surrendering a three-run homer to Gyorko, his 18th of the season.NOTES: The Cardinals placed RHP Seth Maness (right elbow strain) on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to August 14 and recalled RHP Sam Tuivailala from Triple-A Memphis.
Eight Cardinals batted in their three-run third inning, led by Stephen Biscotti's two-run single and Yadier Molina's run-scoring double.
"Every day I go out on the hill focused on my work and ready to go through nine innings, hopefully", Hernandez said. He allowed two runs in the first inning before Houston later gave him a 4-2 lead in the fourth.
The Cardinals (62-56) claimed the final two games of their four-game set with the Cubs in Chicago over the weekend, closing that series where they began it relative to their position in the National League Central - 12 games back of the Cubs. You could just see where he was trending and where he continues to trend. OF Colby Rasmus did light conditioning Tuesday for the first time after undergoing a procedure last Wednesday to remove a cyst in his right ear. "I kind of went through a little dead arm-type feeling, and it's been hit or miss". Gyorko smacked a three-run homer in the sixth inning for yet another crooked number by St. Louis during its modest streak. "I didn't have my best stuff, but the guys picked me up, came through for me and we got the "W" so that's all that matters". "Any loss is a tough loss to swallow".
"I feel right now like I don't want to stop", Altuve said.
Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez (10-7, 3.34 ERA) will make his first career appearance against the Astros and 10th interleague appearance.
"They've got a great lineup - I felt like I threw a lot of good pitches, but their foul balls really started to add up, and it really cut down on my ability to go deeper into the ballgame".
Alex Bregman drove in Teoscar Hernandez with a single in the sixth. The rookie has seven RBIs in the last 11 games and is batting.312 in that time. "We've got the better part of six weeks left in the regular season, and we need to compile some wins".
Houston has been outscored 29-11 during a four-game losing streak and surrendered eight or more runs in three straight games for the first time this season. The Cardinals recalled RHP Sam Tuivailala from Triple-A Memphis.