Houston Astros defeat St. Louis Cardinals, 5-1

Even before the Cardinals were in position to sweep Houston, manager Tony La Russa outlined reasons why the winless Astros unnerved him.

They had to win sometime, he said. They have a history of "putting it together." The hitters couldn't be this cold for that long. And so on.

He forgot one: Bud Norris.

The Astros' tenderfoot starter continued his unflinching success against the Cardinals in five innings of a 5-1 victory at Busch Stadium on Jackie Robinson Day. No...