Oswalt keeps Cards guessing

Sunday, April 8, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 1:01 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

Roy Oswalt pitched a five-hitter and Carlos Lee and Lance Berkman hit home runs to lift the host Houston Astros to their first victory of the season 5-1 over the St. Louis Cardinals.

The win helped the Astros avoid their worst start since going 0-9 to open the 1983 season.

Oswalt (1-0) struck out four and allowed one run to earn his 99th career win. It was the 12th complete game of his career and first since July 5, 2006.

Lee, who signed to a six-year, $100 million contract in the offseason to boost an offense that ranked last in the National League in 2006, hit his first home run in the sixth inning.

Cardinals right-hander Anthony Reyes (0-1) allowed five hits and three runs in five innings.

TIGERS 6, ROYALS 5: Gary Sheffield, Ivan Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson hit home runs to help visiting Detroit beat Kansas City.

Sheffield, who had just one single in his first three games with the Tigers, homered to left with two outs in the first. Rodriguez homered into the Tigers’ bullpen to leadoff the fourth, putting the Tigers up 4-3. Granderson hit a home run to leadoff the fifth.

All the Tigers’ home runs were off Gil Meche (1-1). Meche gave up six runs and eight hits in seven innings, while striking out four and walking two.

Mike Maroth (1-0) picked up the victory, allowing four runs and six hits in five innings. Todd Jones pitched the ninth for his second save of the season.

Reggie Sanders went 3-for-4, including a two-run home run in the third, and scored three runs.

WILD 5, BLUES 1: The Minnesota Wild cruised in their final tuneup before the playoffs, getting 24 saves from Niklas Backstrom in a home victory over St. Louis.

Wyatt Smith had two goals, and Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Branko Radivojevic and Wes Walz also scored for the Wild, who will meet Anaheim in the first round of the playoffs.

Backstrom was coming off consecutive shutouts of Edmonton, but the Blues broke Minnesota’s franchise-record scoreless streak at 169 minutes,

20 seconds when Peter Sejna beat the Finnish goalie between the pads with a shallow angle shot in the second period.

MU SOFTBALL: The Tigers stretched their win streak to seven games by beating Oklahoma State 6-1 Saturday in Stillwater, Okla.

Kathy Masterson led Missouri (29-17, 5-0) with three hits and one RBI. Amanda Renth, Micaela Minner, Jen Bruck and Julie Silver each had one RBI to lead the Tigers balanced attack. Bruck struck out eight batters in five innings.

HICKMAN LACROSSE: The Kewpies lost two matches Saturday in St. Louis, falling to Parkway Central 16-2 and Clayton 7-5.

Nick Stohlgren scored three goals for Hickman (5-3) against Clayton and one against Parkway Central, while Mason Poage scored once in each match.

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