Lance Lynn picked up his first win and Lance Berkman hit another home run against his former team Thursday, as the St. Louis Cardinals rolled over J.A. Happ and the Houston Astros by a score of 9-2 Thursday night. Ryan Theriot hit his first home run of the season and doubled for the Cardinals, who picked up a game on the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central ahead of their weekend series. Lynn allowed one run in five innings for his win; Happ allowed six in five innings to take the loss.
Albert Pujols got the start at third base, his third of the season, with rookie Mark Hamilton at first; Tyler Greene got a rare start at second base, with Daniel Descalso coming in to complete the infield machinations after Lynn left the game. Hunter Pence had two hits for the Astros, who are just 24-39 in 2011, last in the National League. Eduardo Sanchez finished the game with two perfect innings to lower his ERA to 1.95 in his rookie season.