May 5, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros third baseman Chris Johnson (23) is congratulated by outfielder Justin Maxwell (22) and right fielder Brian Bogusevic (19) and first baseman Carlos Lee (45) after hitting a grand slam against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Chris Johnson belted his first career grand slam and the Houston Astros pounded the St. Louis Cardinals, 8-2, in the second portion of a three-game series at Minute Maid Park.
Jed Lowrie crushed a two-run homer, Justin Maxwell contributed an RBI double and starter Bud Norris helped his own cause with a sacrifice fly for the Astros, who have won five in a row.
Norris (2-1) gave up one unearned run on three hits and four walks while fanning four over six strong innings. Wesley Wright and Wilton Lopez combined for a scoreless seventh, David Carpenter gave up a run in the eighth and Fernando Abad closed it out with a perfect ninth.
Carlos Beltran and Matt Holliday had an RBI single apiece for the defending World Series champs, who have dropped three consecutive contests.
Jaime Garcia (2-2) gave up six runs on four hits and four walks while striking out two over six innings.
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