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Astros Earn First Win; Avoid Sweep in St. Louis
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Houston Astros avoided matching the worst start in franchise history, stopping an eight-game losing streak with their first win, 5-1 over the St. Louis Cardinals behind Bud Norris' arm and bat.

The Astros were the only winless team left in the majors and came close to tying the team's 0-9 start in 1983.

Norris (1-0) struck out a career-high nine and held the Cardinals without an earned run for five innings. He also got his first career RBI to put the Astros ahead.

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