St. Louis Cardinals defeat Houston Astros, 3-1

The wheels haven't necessarily come off for the Houston Astros, but the lug nuts are loose.

After completing a three-game sweep of the Cardinals some 10 days ago in Houston, the Astros were one game behind the first-place Redbirds in the National League Central Division.

But, in the course of that series, Astros star first baseman Lance Berkman finally succumbed to a calf injury and had to be placed on the 15-day disabled list. A few days later, longtime Houston ace ...