Cards Lose, Reds Back in First

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Jeff Keppinger had two hits and four RBIs,

including a key hit during a go-ahead three-run eighth inning, and

Houston won its sixth straight and spoiled Jake Westbrook's St.


Albert Pujols homered for the third straight game and Westbrook

worked six strong innings for St. Louis, which lost for only the

second time in 13 home games. The Cardinals have lost four straight

at home to Houston, falling a half-game behind Cincinnati in the NL


Keppinger's RBI double off Mike MacDougal (1-1) tied it at 4 and

Carlos Lee scored the go-ahead run by beating a wide throw home

from second baseman Skip Schumaker on Chris Johnson's bases-loaded


Nelson Figueroa (3-1) allowed an RBI double by Felipe Lopez that

put the Cardinals ahead 4-2 in the seventh.

Westbrook, acquired in a three-way deal last week, had seven

strikeouts, one off his season high.