The Cardinals found their bats on Sunday -- and Adam Wainwright regained his vintage form -- to end their longest losing streak of the season and defeat the Astros 8-1.
Tyler Greene homered twice and doubles while Allen Craig hit one home run and just missed another to power the offense. Meanwhile, Wainwright threw seven innings and allowed only one run on seven hits and a walk. He had more velocity with his fastball and more action on his curve and cutter to strike out seven Houston batters.
The Cardinals scored in each of the first four innings and in six of the game's nine innings.
In the first inning Astros starter J.A. Happ recorded two quick outs. But he walked Matt Holliday and then surrendered a homer to give St. Louis a 2-0 lead.
In the second, Yadier Molina singled and then, after Jon Jay flew out, Green drove the slow-footed Molina all the way home from first with a double to make the score 3-0.
In the third, Carlos Beltran walked and Matt Holliday hit a double play ball. But the Astros messed up the relay throw and Holliday ended up on second on the error. Craig doubled home Holliday to make the Astros pay for the miscue.
Jay legged out a single to shortstop to lead off the fourth and then Greene homerd to put the Birds up 6-0. Houston scored a run in the bottom of the inning to cut its deficit to 6-1. But that was as close as the Astros could come.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Greene.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Jay made yet another great catch in left centerfield to keep Houston from mounting a rally. Holliday ranged to his left after the ball and seemed shocked when Jay showed up to snag it at the last second.
Lowlight: Salvaging the getaway game was nice. But it stinks to lose two of three to the lowly 'Stros.