Renteria homered twice and drove in five runs and
picked up his first major league victory with two hitless innings in relief as the St. Louis Cardinals took the rubber game of their three-game series with the Astros, 11-8.
Renteria, who recorded his fourth career multi-homer game and tied a career high for RBI, was just 2-for-18 in five games against the Astros this season but 13-for-28 against the rest of the league.
"He is a really good player, I just have to say that," Cardinals manager
Tony La Russa
said. "He's a great shortstop and today he showed why he can be a clutch hitter. To have that kind of day against a pitcher like Oswalt, that is outstanding."
On Sunday, Renteria helped St. Louis cut into an early 5-1 deficit with a two-run homer off Houston starter
(1-1) in the fourth.
His third homer of the season, a three-run shot off Oswalt in the seventh, highlighted a six-run inning and gave the Cardinals a 10-6 lead.
"You don't try to get home runs, they just happen," Renteria said. "The first one was a good pitch. It was an inside fastball, but I was looking for it."
Calero (1-0) took over for ineffective starter
in the fifth and retired all six batters he faced.
"Right now I feel pretty happy because we won that game," Calero said. "Today, I feel much better because I was getting ahead of the hitters with strikes on the first pitch. ... It's like a dream to get the win. I am very happy to get the win."
Oswalt was tagged for a career-high 10 runs and nine hits in 6 2/3 innings.
"I think I tried to trick too many guys today," Oswalt said. "It seemed that I changed my approach after we took the (6-2) lead. I think my biggest problem today was when I needed to make the big pitch, I wasn't able to come up with the one I needed. I just didn't get it done."
"Roy had good stuff today, but his location is what hurt him most, especially in that last inning. You score eight runs and you've got Oswalt on the mound, you've got to find a way to get a win," Astros manager
St. Louis got back a run in the second inning but the Astros got back-to-back homers from
in the third. It marked the first time this season that Houston has hit consecutive homers.
Renteria's two-run homer in the fourth got St. Louis within 5-3, but again the Astros countered with the long ball.
hit his fourth homer of the season and 198th of his career.
's RBI double in the fifth got St. Louis within 6-4 and the game remained that way into the seventh.