Houston Astros defeat St. Louis Cardinals, 4-1

A verbally colorful exchange between Carlos Lee and Chris Carpenter caused the benches to clear Thursday, but it didn't capture the Cardinals' simmering frustration or the real culprit for their lost series.

The silence of the home team's offense said much more.

Astros second-year starter Bud Norris compounded the hex he has put on the Cardinals, leaving them spellbound in a 4-1 loss at Busch Stadium. Norris outdueled Carpenter during a career-high eight innings that...