(BaseballStL) -- No matter how bad the Houston Astros played against the St. Louis Cardinals, it always seemed that Bud Norris couldn’t be touched.
That is starting to fade after Norris was roughed up for seven runs on 11 hits and a walk over five innings pitched in a 9-5 loss on Tuesday. It was the worst result of any of his 16 career starts against St. Louis.
“They were laying off more breaking balls this time,” Mike Matheny said of the Cardinals’ offense. “I think they were seeing the ball a little better today and that was really the difference.”
The Cardinals tacked on at least one run in four of the five innings pitched by Norris, including multiple runs scored in the first and fourth innings.
Matt Holliday smacked his 13th home run, a two-run blast, in the first inning. It marked only the eighth home run allowed by Norris in 114 innings pitched this season.
With the bases loaded and one out, Matt Carpenter hit a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0 in the second inning which was followed by a scoreless third inning.
Carpenter hit a two-RBI double to right field and scored on an RBI single by Carlos Beltran in the next at-bat in the three-run fourth inning.
Jon Jay hit a two-out RBI single to right field to score a runner in to make 7-0 after five innings. Norris would strike out Adam Wainwright to end the inning, which was his last.
Norris, who posted a 2.74 ERA in his previous 15 starts against St. Louis, was a nightmare to face for the Cardinals prior to last season. Norris posted a 6-2 record in eight starts from 2009-2011, but is 2-4 in six starts since. In addition, the Astros were winners in nine of his first 11 starts against St. Louis, but have dropped four of the last five games.