Myers helps Astros beat Cardinals 4-1

HOUSTON (AP) — Brett Myers added another quality start to his strong season, pitching eight crisp innings to help the Houston Astros beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 on Saturday night.

Pedro Feliz hit a two-run single in Houston's three-run first and Jeff Keppinger went deep for the Astros.

Myers (6-6) gave up one run and five hits, struck out five and walked none. He extended his club record of starts of six innings or more to begin the season to 18 and is the only pitcher in the majors to achieve the mark this year.

Jeff Suppan (0-5) allowed four runs and seven hits in 4 2-3 innings for St. Louis.

Keppinger's one-out double helped set up Houston's big first inning. With two out and the bases loaded, Feliz singled to left and Humberto Quintero drove in Hunter Pence with a base hit to make it 3-0.

Keppinger connected in the fifth, hitting a one-out drive to left to give Houston a 4-1 lead. It was Keppinger's third homer of the season.

That was enough for Myers, who retired nine of his last 10 batters. Matt Lindstrom issued two walks in the ninth before striking out rookie Jon Jay for his 21st save in 25 opportunities.

Albert Pujols and Jay each had two hits for St. Louis. Jay extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

Pujols tripled and scored on Matt Holliday's groundout in the fourth.

After Suppan departed, Mitchell Boggs pitched 2 1-3 scoreless innings for St. Louis and Jason Motte threw a perfect eighth.

NOTES: Houston RHP Felipe Paulino, on the disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis, is scheduled to make a rehabilitation start for Double-A Corpus Christi on Tuesday. He is expected to throw between 60-65 pitches. ... St. Louis OF Colby Rasmus, who left the game in the middle of the eighth inning on Friday night with tightness in his right hamstring, was out of the starting lineup.