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The Astros try to make it two in a row over the division-leading St. Louis Cardinals tonight at Minute Maid Park. 

J. A. Happ (1-3, 6.94 ERA) will be trying to get back on track after two rough starts in a row.  Happ has given up ten runs in his last two outings.  He is 1-2 with a 5.64 ERA in four career starts against St. Louis, but he pitched a two hit shutout against the Cardinals the last time he faced them.

Kyle Lohse (3-1, 2.01 ERA) gets the ball for the Cards.  The veteran right hander is trying to win his fourth start in a row and he comes into tonight’s game off a two hit shutout, his first shutout in more than two years.  Lohse is 6-6 with a 2.99 ERA in 13 career starts against the Astros.

Lance Berkman says he expects tonight’s game will be back to normal after Tuesday night’s series opener, his first game against the team for which he played for 12 seasons.  Berkman drew a warm ovation from the crowd in his first at bat and went 2-for-5 with an RBI double in his return.

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