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.