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|Cards Beat Winless Astros
|ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Houston dropped to 0-8 Wednesday night, with Brad Penny and Albert Pujols combining to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 2-1 win over the Astros.
New Astros manager Brad Mills held a rare, off-day optional workout Tuesday at Busch Stadium in an effort to help players relax, but to no avail as Houston scored one or fewer runs for the fifth time.
Another loss in the series finale Thursday would match the franchise-worst 0-9 start in 1983. The Astros recovered that year, finishing 85-77.
Penny (1-0) allowed an unearned run on three hits in seven innings. Pujols drove in his major league-leading 15th run.
The Astros remained the lone winless team in the majors, mostly because of their big league-low 14 runs.
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