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Chris Burke, the hero of the Astros' Division Series clincher, stayed hot, cracking a two-run homer in the seventh, but that was the bulk of the offense Houston mustered in losing the first game of the NLCS. An injured Andy Pettitte was touched for five runs.
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Reggie Sanders salutes the crowd after hitting a two-run homer in the first. (Elsa/Getty Images)
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Reggie Sanders hit a two-run homer in the first inning, and Cy Young Award candidate Chris Carpenter pitched eight dominating innings as the Cardinals won their fourth straight postseason game. David Eckstein also scored twice and drove in a run.
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October 12, 2005
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0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1   3 7 0
St. Louis
2 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 X   5 8 1
Biggio, 2B3000110.000
Taveras, CF3000110.000
Berkman, LF4010003.250
Ensberg, 3B4010001.250
Lamb, 1B4110001.250
Lane, RF3000111.000
Everett, SS4120012.500
Ausmus, C3011003.333
Pettitte, P1000000.000
a-Burke, PH11120001.000
Springer, P0000000.000
Astacio, P0000000.000
b-Vizcaino, PH1000001.000

a-Homered for Pettitte in the 7th. b-Grounded out for Astacio in the 9th.

2B: Berkman (1, Carpenter), Ensberg (1, Carpenter).
HR: Burke (1, 7th inning off Carpenter, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Berkman 2; Ensberg 2; Lamb; Everett 2; Ausmus; Burke 4.
RBI: Burke 2 (2), Ausmus (1).
2-out RBI: Burke 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ensberg; Ausmus; Vizcaino.
S: Pettitte.
SF: Ausmus.
GIDP: Berkman.
Team LOB: 6.

DP: 2 (Ensberg-Biggio-Lamb, Lamb-Everett-Lamb).

Eckstein, SS4221001.500
Edmonds, CF3000102.000
Pujols, 1B3011102.333
Sanders, LF3112101.333
Walker, RF4010022.250
Isringhausen, P0000000.000
Grudzielanek, 2B4110021.250
Molina, C3000002.000
Nunez, 3B3120000.667
Carpenter, P1001010.000
Taguchi, RF0000000.000

HR: Sanders (1, 1st inning off Pettitte, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Eckstein 2; Pujols; Sanders 4; Walker; Grudzielanek; Nunez 2.
RBI: Sanders 2 (2), Carpenter (1), Eckstein (1), Pujols (1).
2-out RBI: Sanders 2; Pujols.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Eckstein; Walker.
S: Carpenter 2.
GIDP: Sanders; Molina.
Team LOB: 4.

E: Eckstein (1, throw).
DP: (Grudzielanek-Eckstein-Pujols).

Pettitte (L, 0-1)6.08552217.50
Springer 1.00001100.00
Astacio 1.00000200.00
Carpenter (W, 1-0)8.05223312.25
Isringhausen (S, 1)1.02100100.00

Pitches-strikes: Pettitte 92-56, Springer 20-11, Astacio 11-7, Carpenter 96-61, Isringhausen 23-17.
Ground outs-fly outs: Pettitte 9-7, Springer 0-2, Astacio 0-1, Carpenter 17-4, Isringhausen 1-1.
Batters faced: Pettitte 26, Springer 4, Astacio 3, Carpenter 31, Isringhausen 5.
Umpires: HP: Tim McClelland. 1B: Greg Gibson. 2B: Wally Bell. 3B: Phil Cuzzi. LF: Larry Poncino. RF: Gerry Davis.
Weather: 68 degrees, clear.
Wind: 2 mph, In from CF.
T: 2:29.
Att: 52,332.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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