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Cards lose again, swept by Astros

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Houston Astros' Brett Wallace, left, is tagged out by St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, right, while trying to score during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) By David J. Phillip Houston Astros' Brett Wallace, left, is tagged out by St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, right, while trying to score during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) By David J. Phillip
Houston Astros' Brett Wallace, left, is tagged out by St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, right, while trying to score during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) By David J. Phillip Houston Astros' Brett Wallace, left, is tagged out by St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, right, while trying to score during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) By David J. Phillip

   HOUSTON (AP) -- Hunter Pence hit a three-run homer and the Houston Astros completed a sweep of St. Louis with a 5-2 victory Wednesday, handing the slumping Cardinals their fifth straight defeat.
   The fading Cardinals, who have lost 13 of 16, began the day seven games behind first-place Cincinnati in the NL Central.
   Nelson Figueroa (4-2) pitched out of two bases-loaded jams and lasted five innings for the win. Brandon Lyon worked a perfect ninth for his 11 save in 12 chances.
   Shut out 3-0 the previous two nights, St. Louis snapped an 18-inning scoreless streak on Matt Holliday's 24th homer in the first inning for a 2-0 lead.
   Jeff Suppan (1-7) was activated from the disabled list before the game and allowed only one hit until the Astros rallied in the fifth.
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