Jason Simontacchi (above) pitched a six-hitter for the first complete game of his career and the St. Louis Cardinals, despite losing center fielder Jim Edmonds, beat the Houston Astros 3-1 Wednesday night.

Edmonds bruised ribs on his right side making a lunging catch of Brad Ausmus' sinking liner to end the second inning. Edmonds will miss at least the series finale on Thursday and a team spokesman said the injury would be re-evaluated this weekend.

Simontacchi (2-3) walked none and struck out five in his 34th major league start.

Simontacchi had allowed 19 earned runs in 172/3 innings in his previous four outings, going 0-2.

J.D. Drew and Scott Rolen each had two hits and drove in a run for the Cardinals.

Lance Berkman homered for the Astros, who have lost four of five. Houston was without second baseman and cleanup hitter Jeff Kent.

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