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.