HOUSTON — Former Brownwood Lion Shelby Miller made his fifth relief appearance with the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, tossing a perfect eighth inning in a 2-0 loss to the Houston Astros.

Miller, pitching in his home state for the first time as a Major Leaguer, worked the bottom of the eighth at Minute Maid Park, recording one strikeout while throwing seven of nine pitches for strikes to three batters.

Since being called up to the Cardinals from Memphis after the conclusion of the Triple-A season, Miller has posted a 1-0 record with a 2.35 ERA in 7.2 innings. He has also tallied nine strikeouts, walked two and given up a pair of earned runs on eight hits.

The defending World Champion Cardinals carried an 84-72 record into Thursday’s off date as St. Louis owns a 3 1/2 game lead over both Milwaukee and Los Angeles for the second and final wild card berth in the National League. St. Louis has six regular season games remaining, while Washington, Cincinnati, San Francisco and Atlanta have already secured playoff berths.