HOUSTON (Ticker) --
made sure the St. Louis Cardinals' road difficulties did not end in Houston.
Kent rapped a pair of RBI doubles and Hidalgo homered and delivered a run-scoring single as the
defeated the Cardinals for the fifth time in eight meetings this season, 5-2.
belted his first career home run for Houston, which went 6-13 against St. Louis last season. The Cardinals fell to 9-15 away from Busch Stadium and has not won back-to-back road games since taking three in a row from April 12-14.
St. Louis took a 1-0 lead in the first inning against rookie
(2-3) on a first-inning home run by
, his fifth in six games.
But Kent tied it in the bottom of the frame with a two-out double off
(2-3) that plated
. Two innings later, Kent put the Astros ahead for good with a nearly identical hit that again scored Ensberg.
Hidalgo made it 3-1 in the fourth, leading off with a 428-foot homer to center field. Everett padded the lead one out later with a shot over the wall in left.
"It felt great," Everett said. "Obviously, I wasn't trying to hit one. I got a 2-0 fastball and hit it good. I was just hoping it would stay fair. They brought the guy down here who caught it and I traded a bat for it. I have the ball and the bat I hit it with. I'm going to save them."
Everett, who has bounced between the Astros and Class AAA New Orleans over the last two campaigns, batted .545 (6-for-11) in the three-game series to raise his average to .306.
"It's just one of those things," Everett said. "I told myself that this is my fourth time up here and I didn't want to go back down. I didn't reconstruct my swing this winter. I spent a lot of time watching tape of some of the best hitters in the game. I watched the tape of the All-Star Game to see how guys like
got ready to hit."
The Astros took a 5-1 lead in the fifth on Hidalgo's RBI single off reliever
. Pinch hitter J.D. Drew capped the scoring in the seventh with a two-out RBI single.
Robertson yielded one run and four hits in 5 2/3 innings while Tomko lasted 4 1/3 innings and surrendered five runs and eight hits.
"(Robertson) pitched good, a lot of first-pitch strikes," Astros manager
said. "That is a good hitting club over there."
"I was mixing it up tonight. A little bit of everything," Robertson said. "It's always big when you can put the count in your favor. It wasn't really one thing. Me and (catcher Gregg) Zaun were on the same page. We worked low and in the zone. To this point, that's the best I have been, except for in the bullpen."
The lefthanded Robertson, who snapped a five-game winless streak, gave up a two-out double in the sixth to Pujols and was pulled for
against the righthanded-hitting
"I just felt it was the right time to bring in the righthander to face Rolen," Williams said. "He's hit lefties pretty good."
"I felt good, but that is skip's call," Robertson said. "No argument from me. Things worked out just fine."
pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 12th save in 13 chances this season. He has 193 career saves to rank fifth all-time among lefthanders and is six shy of tying
's team record.
"Very few people can do what he does," Williams said. "He has velocity and it is in the strike zone. But what I really appreciate is that he doesn't flaunt it like some others do. He just goes out there and does his job."