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Astros Blank Cards Again
HOUSTON (AP) -- Wandy Rodriguez pitched seven innings and three relievers completed the three-hit shutout as the Houston Astros again beat the slumping St. Louis Cardinals, 3-0 on Tuesday night.

Hunter Pence drove in two runs in Houston's three-run fourth inning.

The Cardinals were shut out for the second straight game after J.A. Happ threw a two-hitter in a 3-0 win on Monday. They have dropped four straight, seven of their last eight and are seven games behind Cincinnati in the NL Central.

Tim Byrdak replaced Rodriguez (11-12) for the eighth inning, but was chased when he walked the first batter he faced. Wilton Lopez finished the eighth and Brandon Lyon worked the ninth for his 10th save.

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