St. Louis Cardinals defeat Houston Astros, 4-2

Blake Hawksworth's 5 1/3 innings meshed neatly with the work of his former bullpen mates as the Cardinals concluded the first half with a 4-2 win over the Houston Astros.

Matt Holliday's three-run home run that turned a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 held up as the game-changer.
Ryan Franklin closed for his 16th save in 17 opportunities.
Kyle McClellan, Jason Motte and Franklin secured the final 11 outs. The bullpen concluded the series with seven shutout innings.
The Cardinal...