Houston Astros defeat St. Louis Cardinals, 6-3

The way Tuesday's seventh inning unraveled on the Cardinals with a couple of errors and a few perfectly placed hits absolved Brad Penny of any wrongdoing in the box score.

That's not how he saw it.

"The hard thing is I've got to get one of those guys out," Penny said of a four-run inning by Houston that fed its 6-3 victory at Busch Stadium. "That's how we win this ballgame. ... I felt great. I felt too good to lose that game."

All four of the Astros' runs off Penn...

The game won't let go of Brendan Ryan.

A Tuesday night that Cardinals starting pitcher Brad Penny controlled for six innings unraveled during a complicated four-run seventh that put an unwelcome glare on the team's gifted but increasingly struggling shortstop.

The Houston Astros seized on Ryan's one-out throwing error to score four unearned runs that led to their 6-3 win before 35,875 at Busch Stadium. The loss added another dimension to a lack of support given to Pe...