St. Louis Cardinals defeat Houston Astros, 11-2

HOUSTON - While some of his teammates have already used Houston as a launch pad for how they hope to play in October, Cardinals starter Joel Piñeiro took his turn to show what he's become in the six months leading up to it.

Piñeiro kicked the kinks out of his September struggles by pitching seven superb innings in the Cardinals' 11-2 victory Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park. The Cardinals' presumptive Game 3 starter for the forthcoming playoffs halted a string of start...