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Cardinals score 5 runs in 6th, rout Astros 9-2

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St. Louis Cardinals' Lance Lynn delivers a pitch in the second inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Thursday, June 9, 2011, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan) By Pat Sullivan St. Louis Cardinals' Lance Lynn delivers a pitch in the second inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Thursday, June 9, 2011, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan) By Pat Sullivan
St. Louis Cardinals' Lance Berkman swings for strike three in the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Thursday, June 9, 2011, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan) By Pat Sullivan St. Louis Cardinals' Lance Berkman swings for strike three in the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Thursday, June 9, 2011, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan) By Pat Sullivan
St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols (5) slides in to home plate as Houston Astros catcher J.R. Towles reaches for the ball in the sixth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, June 9, 2011, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan) By Pat Sullivan St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols (5) slides in to home plate as Houston Astros catcher J.R. Towles reaches for the ball in the sixth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, June 9, 2011, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan) By Pat Sullivan
St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols (5) slides in to home plate to score as Houston Astros catcher J.R. Towles reaches for the ball in the sixth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, June 9, 2011, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan) By Pat Sullivan St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols (5) slides in to home plate to score as Houston Astros catcher J.R. Towles reaches for the ball in the sixth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, June 9, 2011, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan) By Pat Sullivan

HOUSTON (AP) -- Lance Berkman broke a tie with an RBI single and pinch-hitter Daniel Descalso had a two-run double in St. Louis' five-run sixth in the Cardinals' 9-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Thursday night.

Berkman, the former Astro who hit a solo homer to break up Bud Norris' no-hit bid in the seventh inning in the Cardinals' 4-1 loss Wednesday night, snapped a 1-1 tie with a single off the scoreboard in left after Jon Jay singled and Albert Pujols drew a walk off J.A. Happ (3-8).

Mark Hamilton's fielder's choice grounder to second baseman Jeff Keppinger scored Pujols, and Wilton Lopez's bases-loaded walk brought home Hamilton. Then, Descalso delivered the two-run double to cap the inning.

Berkman added his 15th homer in the ninth.

Lance Lynn (1-1) benefited from the big inning. He pitched five innings, allowed six hits and one run. He walked three and struck out three.

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