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July 11, 2013

Carpenter and Holliday lift Cards over Astros

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Brett Wallace welcomes a chance to face the team that drafted him in the first round only to ship him off for a proven player.

The St. Louis Cardinals took Wallace with the 13th-overall pick out of Arizona State in the 2008 draft but gave him to Oakland a year later as part of a trade to get Matt Holliday. Wallace had four hits against St. Louis on Wednesday night, but it wasn't enough for the Astros.

Matt Carpenter hit a two-run home run off lefty Wesley Wright (0-3) and Holliday drove in two with a two-out hit to help the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Houston Astros 5-4. Seth Maness (5-1) pitched two innings for the win

"It's always fun to do it against them because I know a lot of the guys and we've been here quite a bit," Wallace said. "It's a good place to hit. It's a good place to play. The fans are awesome. It's a great environment."

Wallace who was demoted in April to the minor leagues before returning to Houston on June 25 to face St. Louis, is 7 for 18 with five RBIs and four runs in the four games against the Cardinals this year. In the past six games overall, he has 10 hits in 24 at bats, though he's hitting just .225 with 11 RBIs this season.

"He continues to swing the bat, continues to use the whole field," Houston manager Bo Porter said. "You look at the majority of his hits. They're up the middle, they're the other way. He's staying on the ball and hitting with a lot of confidence right now."

Carpenter, headed to his first All-Star game, doesn't seem to have any concerns with his hitting no matter who he faces. The left-hander's batting average is nearly 40 points lower against lefties (.294 versus .333 against right-handers), but four of his nine home runs this season have come against southpaws.

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