(AP) -- St. Louis manager Mike Matheny hopes the Cardinals' latest performance is the beginning of good things to come for his struggling team.
With their longest losing streak of the season over, the Cardinals open a three-game road series against the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.
St. Louis (28-27) totaled one run while dropping the first three of a four-game series at New York, extending its losing skid to a season-high five. The Cardinals snapped out of it Monday, beating the Mets 5-4 behind three RBIs from Allen Craig, including a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth inning.
"Doesn't take much. Just a win," Matheny said. "That was much needed, and nobody needed it more than we did. It will change the atmosphere around here. You never know which win will be the one that helps you take off."
Matheny's Cardinals still have their issues. They were no-hit Friday by Johan Santana and have struck out 68 times in their last seven games. Kyle Lohse allowed one run in six inning...