Right-hander Anthony Reyes left another calling card Tuesday night. Reyes held the Houston Astros to one run and three hits for six innings before weakening in the seventh as the Astros finally solved Reyes and then knocked around Josh Hancock in a five-run inning that gave Houston a 6-3 victory.
Reyes has been strong in both starts he has made for injured rotation members. In his first outing, he pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings at Kansas City. He likely will return to Triple-A Memphis again next week when right-hander Chris Carpenter is activated, but his recall later in the season is almost assured.
With four of the five Cardinals potential free agents, Reyes seems likely to have aspot in the rotation from the start of next season.
Hancock allowed both inherited runners to score before allowing a two-run homer to second baseman Craig Biggio.
One of the Cardinals' few drawbacks this season is the fact that they have allowed 48 percent of inherited runners to score.
Third baseman Scott Rolen had two doubles and his sixth homer -- his second in three days -- but the one time he failed was in the fifth when Albert Pujols was walked intentionally ahead of him to put two runners on base. Rolen flied out, and the Cardinals eventually lost 6-3.
--RHP Chris Carpenter, though officially placed on the 15-day disabled list(backdated) earlier in the day with bursitis, threw an extended bullpen session before Tuesday's game. Pending on how he recovers Wednesday, the Cardinals were optimistic Carpenter would take his turn next week against Cincinnati.
--CF Jim Edmonds underwent an MRI for a possible sports hernia. Results still wereincomplete late Tuesday night after Edmonds missed his fourth straight start with has been described so far as a lower abdominal injury.
"It's frustrating not to be able to play," he said. "But they're probably better offwithout me the way I've been swinging the bat."
--SS David Eckstein's hitting streak was stopped at 11 as CF Willy Taveras took a hit away in the seventh.
--CF So Taguchi, who had been 8 for his last 14, fanned three times.