ST. LOUIS (AP) - Braden Looper allowed a run in six innings,
helping the punchless St. Louis Cardinals beat the Houston Astros
3-to-1 for only their second victory in eight games.
Scott Rolen snapped an 0-for-25 streak with a two-run single in
a three-run fourth against Chris Sampson. Ryan Ludwick, whose
contract was purchased from Triple-A Memphis when Preston Wilson
went on the 15-day disabled list with a knee injury earlier in the
day, added a run-scoring groundout.
The defending champion Cardinals have been outscored 52-to-13
over their last eight outings. They have scored the first run in
only seven of their first 29 games and have trailed in eight of
their 12 victories. They played catch-up again Sunday after Carlos
Lee's first-inning R-B-I single before winning for only the fifth
time in 15 home games.
Looper improves to 4-and-2 while Sampson falls to 3-and-2.