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Lance Berkman Homers Twice, St. Louis Cardinals Hammer Houston Astros

The St. Louis Cardinals expected Lance Berkman to improve on the 14 home runs he hit in 2010, they just didn't expect him to do it so fast. Berkman went 4-5 with two home runs in the Cardinals' last game against his native Houston Astros, driving in five to send the Cardinals past the Astros by a score of 11-7. Matt Holliday went 2-4 with a home run of his own and Albert Pujols went 2-5, with all three of the team's veteran sluggers contributing in a nine-run sixth inning that was the most impressive offensive feat yet in a season full of them. Kyle McClellan improved to 4-0 with an ugly start made less ugly by context; he threw 5 2/3 innings, allowing five earned runs on eight hits. Fernando Salas picked up the save, his first. 

Chris Johnson homered for the Astros, who fell to 9-16 with the loss, and first baseman Brett Wallace added two more doubles against the team that drafted him and eventually traded him for Matt Holliday.