ST. LOUIS (Ticker) --
picked a special day to snap an especially awful drought at the plate.
On his 35th birthday, Bagwell went 4-for-5 and ended a career-worst stretch of 74 plate appearances without an RBI as the
snapped a three-game losing streak with a 7-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
added three hits apiece for the Astros, who had lost six of their previous nine contests.
(3-3) allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings en route to his second victory over St. Louis in six days.
"Robbie pitched a good game for us tonight," Astros manager
said. "We sent him back to the minors to work on a few things and he came back strong."
"My mechanics are coming along," Robertson said. "It's getting better. I still have a little room for improvement. I'm trying to keep my team in the game and go from there."
Houston trailed, 3-1, before tying the contest in the top of the sixth against St. Louis starter
had a run-scoring single and
knotted the contest with an RBI groundout.
The Astros took the lead for good on an RBI grounder by
against Tomko one inning later.
The Astros held a 5-4 lead before scoring twice against newly acquired
in the top of the ninth. Biggio plated
with a one-out double, and after Ensberg struck out, Bagwell singled in Biggio for his first RBI since May 8 in a 6-2 win over Pittsburgh.
"To get that over with is nice, it was wearing on me," Bagwell said. "It's not a good streak to have. It's not something to be proud of."
pitched the bottom of the ninth for his 14th save.
"(Bagwell) came out early to hit today and it was nice to see him get a few," Williams said.
Bagwell did not attribute his four hits to extra batting practice.
"It doesn't make a difference," Bagwell said. "When you step in a batter's box everything changes. I've been playing 14-some years, so I should know what I'm doing."
After reporters wished Bagwell a happy 35th birthday, the first baseman, who was sporting numerous ice backs over his body, responded, "I feel a lot older. I feel 55."
The Cardinals got on the board first, in the bottom of the second.
led off with a double, advane to third on
's bunt single and scored on
's ground-rule double.
popped out and
was walked intentionally, Tomko singled in Perez but Renteria ran through a signal to hold up at third base and easily was thrown out at home by Merced.
"I stood on the bag," Renteria said. "I saw the guy in right field boot the ball, so I am gonna go."
"Edgar thought he saw something," Cardinals manager
Tony La Russa
said. "I never want to take his aggressiveness away from him, but you have to give Merced credit, he came up and made a good, strong throw. It's not like we stunk - we did some good things, they did more."
Houston halved its deficit on an RBI single by Kent in the top of the fourth before St. Louis restored its two-run lead on an infield single by Widger in the bottom of the frame.
Tomko allowed four runs and eight hits in seven innings. He also lost to Robertson on Thursday, when he surrendered five runs and eight hits in just 4 1/3 innings.
"You have a game plan, you execute, you make your pitches, then you will have success," Tomko said. "I didn't execute when I needed to execute and the results show."
"Tomko has pitched better and he has pitched worse," La Russa said.