The Astros lost 3-2 to the Cardinals in Houston tonight to fall 6.5 games back in the Central race. Edgar Renteria drove in the winning run with a single in the top of the 10th with men on first and third and one out.
The loss means that Houston no longer controls its own destiny. Even if they sweep the remaining 5 games against St. Louis, they will still have 1.5 games to make up in their remaining 9 games against other opponents. They also close out the season with three games at playoff-contending San Francisco.