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George Springer and Carlos Gomez took advantage of a shaky St. Louis Cardinals bullpen Wednesday as the Houston Astros beat the Redbirds, 4-1.

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With the Astros down by one in the eighth inning, Springer smacked a two-run homer off relief pitcher Kevin Siegrist, who was tagged with the loss. Trevor Rosenthal came in for the ninth, but loaded the bases and gave up two more runs on a Carlos Gomez single. Rosenthal left after recording one out.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said that Rosenthal, his closer, had to learn to be available and ready regardless of the scenario. From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

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“He’s got to get outs for us,” Matheny said. “He’s going to get consistent work and it’s not always going to be in save situations because that’s not the kind of season we’re having.”

The relievers’ implosion spoiled a stellar start from Adam Wainwright. The Cardinals righty pitched seven scoreless innings with six strikeouts, but didn’t factor into the decision.

The Cardinals are 15-18 at home. There’s always the next game!