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|Happ Throws 2-Hitter as Astros Shut Out Cards
|HOUSTON (AP) -- J.A. Happ threw a two-hitter and rookie Brett Wallace had a career-high three hits and drove in a run to help the Houston Astros beat the struggling St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 on Monday night.
It was another tough loss for the Cardinals, who have dropped six of seven and entered the day five games behind Cincinnati in the NL Central race.
Happ earned his fourth complete game and third shutout of his career. The Astros acquired the 27-year-old in the deal that sent Roy Oswalt to the Phillies last month. His last complete game was Aug. 27, 2009 against the Pirates, and his last shutout was Aug. 5 of the same year against the Rockies.
Happ (5-2), who hadn't gone longer than 6 1-3 innings this season, struck out four and walked one.
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