ST. LOUIS (Ticker) --
and J.D. Drew got the St. Louis Cardinals' lengthy homestand off to a winning start.
Williams pitched six sharp innings to remain undefeated and Rolen and Drew each had three RBI as the Cardinals beat the
, 10-5, in the opener of a season-high 13-game homestand.
Overcoming a sinus headache, Williams (7-0) yielded one run and six hits and struck out five without a walk. He extended his career-high winning streak to 10 games since a loss at Cincinnati last August 29. He also defeated Houston on the road last Wednesday, 7-4.
The Astros appeared as if they might jump on Williams early after loading the bases with one out in the top of the first inning. But Williams struck out
to fly out to end the threat.
"I didn't feel real good until the medicine kicked in," Williams said. "I was just fortunate to get through it. I didn't want to get in a situation where I hurt the team. I felt plain terrible this morning when I woke up."
"I don't know how Woody got out of that with a zero," Cardinals manager
Tony La Russa
said of the first inning. "He was throwing the ball all over the place. He had no idea where the ball was going. But he competes and he got better and better. He's amazing."
The Cardinals took the lead for good in the bottom of the frame on consecutive two-out RBI doubles by
and Rolen against
St. Louis added an unearned run in the third inning on a sacrifice fly by Rolen before breaking open the game one frame later. Drew chased Munro with a three-run homer and Rolen made it 7-0 with a run-scoring double against
"He gave me a good pitch to hit," Drew said of Munro. "You have to go up there with a gameplan. You have to try to capitalize on a 3-1 pitch."
Munro, who lost to Williams for the second time in six days, surrendered six runs - five earned - and eight hits in just 3 1/3 innings.
"That home run to J.D. really got me, got the whole team," Munro said. "But those guys get paid to hit and I get paid to throw strikes and get ahead in the count. I had some good pitches but apparently they weren't good enough. It's very frustrating - you want to help the team out and right now I'm not able to do that."
"He got hit hard and he was erratic with his control," Astros manager
St. Louis, which posted its eighth victory in 12 games but just fourth in nine contests against Houston this season, opened up a 10-0 advantage in the fifth on a leadoff homer by
and a two-run double by Pujols.
Houston made the score respectable in the latter innings on an RBI groundout by
in the sixth, a run-scoring triple by
in the seventh and a three-run homer by Berkman against
in the ninth.
The Astros had been 0-for-16 with runners in scoring position until Berkman's homer.
Astros center fielder
went 4-for-5 and scored once.
"It was good to see Berkman hit one late in the game and Biggio had a good game at the plate,"
said. "We have to forget about it, move on and get ready for tomorrow."
went 2-for-5 with two runs scored starting at second base for
, who suffered a hamstring injury running to first base on Sunday at Pittsburgh. Vina likely will be placed on the disabled list in the next couple of days and could be out several months.