HOUSTON (AP) -- Astros third baseman Chris Johnson wanted badly to atone for an error that had helped the St. Louis Cardinals to an early lead Saturday night.
And atone he did.
Johnson hit his first grand slam in the first inning, and the Astros beat the Cardinals 8-2 behind a solid start by right-hander Bud Norris to win a fifth consecutive game for the first time since late 2010.
"Bud's a guy that every time he pitches, we're excited because we know if we scratch a couple of runs across, Bud's going to be competing out there for us," Johnson said. "I let him down in the first inning and he gave me a little pep talk after that on the bench, saying let's go; forget about it,' so I picked us up and he took care of the rest."
The victory earned the Astros their second consecutive home series win with a game to spare. The last time the Astros won five straight was Aug. 22-26, 2010.
Norris (2-1) continued his dominance of the Cardinals, allowing just one unearned run on three hits ...