Houston Astros 7, St. Louis Cardinals 5
Regular Season Game 153
Played on Thursday, September 21, 2000 (D) at Busch Stadium II

HOU N    0  2  2    0  1  1    0  0  1  -   7 12  1
STL N    0  0  2    1  0  0    1  0  1  -   5 11  1
Houston Astros               AB   R   H RBI      BB  SO      PO   A
Lugo ss                       4   2   2   0       0   2       2   5
Spiers 2b                     4   0   1   0       1   0       0   3
Hidalgo cf,lf                 3   2   2   1       2   0       4   0
Berkman lf                    3   1   2   2       0   0       4   0
  Barker pr,cf                0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
Alou rf                       5   1   2   2       0   0       2   0
Ward 1b                       4   0   0   0       0   1      10   0
Meluskey c                    4   1   2   0       0   1       5   0
Truby 3b                      4   0   1   2       0   1       0   1
McKnight p                    3   0   0   0       0   2       0   1
  Franklin p                  0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Cedeno ph                   1   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Valdes p                    0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Dotel p                     0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
Totals                       35   7  12   7       3   7      27  10

FIELDING - 
DP: 2. Lugo-Ward, Spiers-Lugo-Ward.
E: Hidalgo (7).

BATTING - 
2B: Berkman (24,off Andy Benes); Alou (28,off Andy Benes); Truby (14,off Alan
Benes).
HR: Hidalgo (42,9th inning off Stechschulte 0 on 2 out).
SF: Berkman 2 (6,off Andy Benes 2).
HBP: Lugo (4,by Andy Benes).
GDP: Spiers (8,off Stechschulte).
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING - 
SB: Lugo 2 (18,2nd base off Andy Benes/Hernandez 2); Hidalgo 2 (13,2nd base
off Andy Benes/Hernandez 2).

St. Louis Cardinals          AB   R   H RBI      BB  SO      PO   A
Vina 2b                       4   0   0   0       0   1       2   0
  Saturria cf                 0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Edmonds ph                  0   1   0   0       1   0       0   0
Polanco ss                    5   0   3   3       0   1       2   4
Drew cf                       3   0   0   0       1   0       4   0
  Stechschulte p              0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Lankford ph                 1   0   0   0       0   1       0   0
Clark 1b                      4   1   2   1       1   0       5   1
Tatis 3b                      4   0   0   0       0   1       2   2
Howard rf                     4   0   2   0       0   0       1   0
Perez lf                      3   1   2   1       0   0       2   0
Hernandez c                   2   1   0   0       0   1       4   0
  Alan Benes p                0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Paquette ph,2b              2   0   1   0       0   0       1   2
Andy Benes p                  1   0   0   0       0   0       1   0
  Marrero ph,c                2   1   1   0       0   0       3   0
  McGwire ph                  1   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Matheny c                   0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
Totals                       36   5  11   5       3   5      27   9

FIELDING - 
DP: 2. Tatis-Clark, Polanco-Paquette-Clark.
E: Hernandez (8).

BATTING - 
2B: Clark (13,off McKnight); Marrero (3,off McKnight); Polanco (12,off McKnight).
SF: Perez (1,off McKnight).
HBP: Tatis (10,by Valdes).
GDP: Perez (2,off McKnight); Howard (3,off Valdes).
Team LOB: 9.

PITCHING
Houston Astros               IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR BFP
McKnight W(3-1)               6.2   8   4   2   1   2   0  29
Franklin                      0.1   0   0   0   1   0   0   2
Valdes                        1     2   0   0   0   0   0   5
Dotel SV(15)                  1     1   1   1   1   3   0   5
Totals                        9    11   5   3   3   5   0  41

WP: Valdes (1).
HBP: Valdes (5,Tatis).

St. Louis Cardinals          IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR BFP
Andy Benes L(10-9)            5     5   5   4   3   4   0  23
Alan Benes                    2     4   1   1   0   2   0  10
Stechschulte                  2     3   1   1   0   1   1   8
Totals                        9    12   7   6   3   7   1  41

HBP: Andy Benes (1,Lugo).

Umpires: HP - Ron Kulpa, 1B - Randy Marsh, 2B - Angel Hernandez, 3B - Marty Foster
Time of Game: 3:05   Attendance: 33730


Starting Lineups:

   Houston Astros                St. Louis Cardinals      
1. Lugo                ss        Vina                2b
2. Spiers              2b        Polanco             ss
3. Hidalgo             cf        Drew                cf
4. Berkman             lf        Clark               1b
5. Alou                rf        Tatis               3b
6. Ward                1b        Howard              rf
7. Meluskey            c         Perez               lf
8. Truby               3b        Hernandez           c
9. McKnight            p         Andy Benes          p

ASTROS 1ST: Lugo was called out on strikes; Spiers walked;
Hidalgo lined into a double play (third to first) [Spiers out at
first]; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Astros 0, Cardinals 0.

CARDINALS 1ST: Vina flied to left; Polanco grounded out (pitcher
to first); Drew grounded out (second to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0
LOB.  Astros 0, Cardinals 0.

ASTROS 2ND: Berkman doubled to right; Alou doubled [Berkman
scored]; Ward flied to left; Meluskey singled to center [Alou to
third]; Truby forced Meluskey (shortstop to second) [Alou
scored]; McKnight was called out on strikes; 2 R, 3 H, 0 E, 1
LOB.  Astros 2, Cardinals 0.

CARDINALS 2ND: Clark flied to left; Tatis flied to center;
Howard grounded out (second to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. 
Astros 2, Cardinals 0.

ASTROS 3RD: Lugo singled to center; Lugo stole second; Spiers
grounded out (first to pitcher) [Lugo to third]; Hidalgo walked;
Berkman hit a sacrifice fly to left [Lugo scored]; Hidalgo stole
second; Alou singled to left [Hidalgo scored]; Ward grounded out
(third to first); 2 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Astros 4, Cardinals 0.

CARDINALS 3RD: Perez singled; Hernandez reached on an error by
Hidalgo [Perez to second]; Andy Benes grounded out (shortstop to
first) [Perez to third, Hernandez to second]; Vina struck out;
Polanco singled to center [Perez scored (unearned), Hernandez
scored (unearned)]; Drew lined to first; 2 R (0 ER), 2 H, 1 E, 1
LOB.  Astros 4, Cardinals 2.

ASTROS 4TH: Meluskey was called out on strikes; Truby flied to
right; McKnight was called out on strikes; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.
 Astros 4, Cardinals 2.

CARDINALS 4TH: Clark doubled to left; Tatis grounded out
(shortstop to first); Howard singled [Clark to third]; Perez hit
a sacrifice fly to right [Clark scored]; Hernandez was called
out on strikes; 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Astros 4, Cardinals 3.

ASTROS 5TH: Lugo was hit by a pitch; Spiers flied to center;
Lugo stole second [Lugo to third (error by Hernandez)]; Hidalgo
walked; Hidalgo stole second; Berkman hit a sacrifice fly to
center [Lugo scored (unearned), Hidalgo to third]; Alou lined to
shortstop; 1 R (0 ER), 0 H, 1 E, 1 LOB.  Astros 5, Cardinals 3.

CARDINALS 5TH: MARRERO BATTED FOR ANDY BENES; Marrero grounded
out (third to first); Vina flied to left; Polanco singled to
right; Drew flied to center; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Astros 5,
Cardinals 3.

ASTROS 6TH: MARRERO STAYED IN GAME (PLAYING C ); ALAN BENES
REPLACED HERNANDEZ (PITCHING); Ward flied to center; Meluskey
singled to right; Truby doubled [Meluskey scored]; McKnight
reached on a fielder's choice [Truby out at third (shortstop to
third)]; Lugo was called out on strikes; 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. 
Astros 6, Cardinals 3.

CARDINALS 6TH: Clark walked; Tatis flied to right; Howard
singled to left [Clark to second]; Perez grounded into a double
play (shortstop to first) [Howard out at second]; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E,
1 LOB.  Astros 6, Cardinals 3.

ASTROS 7TH: Spiers singled to center; Hidalgo singled to left
[Spiers to second]; Berkman popped to second; Alou flied to
center; Ward struck out; 0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Astros 6,
Cardinals 3.

CARDINALS 7TH: PAQUETTE BATTED FOR ALAN BENES; Paquette flied to
left; Marrero doubled to left; Vina grounded out (shortstop to
first); Polanco doubled to right [Marrero scored]; FRANKLIN
REPLACED MCKNIGHT (PITCHING); Drew walked; Clark flied to
center; 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Astros 6, Cardinals 4.

ASTROS 8TH: PAQUETTE STAYED IN GAME (PLAYING 2B); SATURRIA
REPLACED VINA (PLAYING CF); STECHSCHULTE REPLACED DREW
(PITCHING); Meluskey grounded out (second to first); Truby
struck out; CEDENO BATTED FOR FRANKLIN; Cedeno grounded out
(shortstop to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Astros 6, Cardinals
4.

CARDINALS 8TH: VALDES REPLACED CEDENO (PITCHING); Tatis was hit
by a pitch; Howard grounded into a double play (second to
shortstop to first) [Tatis out at second]; Perez singled to
center; Paquette singled to left [Perez to second]; MCGWIRE
BATTED FOR MARRERO; Valdes threw a wild pitch [Perez to third,
Paquette to second]; McGwire flied to center; 0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2
LOB.  Astros 6, Cardinals 4.

ASTROS 9TH: MATHENY REPLACED MCGWIRE (PLAYING C ); Lugo singled
to left; Spiers grounded into a double play (shortstop to second
to first) [Lugo out at second]; Hidalgo homered; Berkman singled
to center; BARKER RAN FOR BERKMAN; Alou forced Barker (shortstop
unassisted); 1 R, 3 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Astros 7, Cardinals 4.

CARDINALS 9TH: HIDALGO CHANGED POSITIONS (PLAYING LF); BARKER
STAYED IN GAME (PLAYING CF); DOTEL REPLACED VALDES (PITCHING);
EDMONDS BATTED FOR SATURRIA; Edmonds walked; Edmonds advanced to
second because of defensive indifference [Edmonds to second];
Polanco was called out on strikes; LANKFORD BATTED FOR
STECHSCHULTE; Lankford struck out; Clark singled to right
[Edmonds scored]; Tatis struck out; 1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. 
Astros 7, Cardinals 5.

Final Totals      R   H   E  LOB
 Astros           7  12   1    7
 Cardinals        5  11   1    9


Data courtesy of Retrosheet