Oh, what a difference a nine-run inning can make.
The Cardinals looked flat for the first five innings of the rubber game of their series against Houston. But, trailing 4-1, they completely turned the game around with a 10-hit attack that ended with a 10-4 lead.
The Key blow was Lance Berkman's first of two homers in the game. It was the seventh game in a row that Berkman has had at least two hits -- and it was the first time since 2006 that he homered from both sides of the plate in the same game.
I thought I heard someplace that Berkman couldn't hit righthanded anymore...
The Cardinals got in trouble again late when Daniel Descalso made a pair or errors in the ninth to allow the Astros to cut the St. Louis lead to 10-7 with the bases loaded and two out. (One of the errors was later changed by the scorer to a hit. But it should have been fielded.) Fernado Salas got out of trouble by uncorking a wild pitch. Catcher Gerald Laird got the ball and dove to the plate where Astros flychaser Hunter Pence ran right into the tag to end the threat.
Kyle McClellan wasn't sharp in the start. But he was good enough to get his fourth win of the season. He gave up five earned runs in 5 2/3 innings on eight Houston hits.
The series win in the fifth in a row for the Redbirds.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Berkman had four hits in five at bats, scoring three runs and driving in five. Take THAT Milo Hamilton.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Nick Punto made a great diving play to his left to end the game in the ninth inning. The Birds miss Skip Schumaker's bat. But Skippy wouldn't have come close to making that play in the field.
Lowlight: Trever Miller failed for his fifth straight appearance to get an out. The Cardinals really need to get some lefthanded help for him. Hopefully Brian Tallet will return soon from his broken hand.