St. Louis Cardinals defeat Houston Astros, 7-3

HOUSTON - Star-crossed Cardinals pitcher Kyle Lohse began his audition for a role in October on Monday only to be upstaged by a teammate also aching to recast his season with a push into the postseason.

Languishing in what he called one of the worst funks of his career, Mark DeRosa ended a prolonged power outage with two home runs in a 7-3 thumping of Houston. DeRosa's two-run double in the first inning staked Lohse to an early lead and helped the righthander gain his f...