HOUSTON -- Anthony Reyes was terrible as a starter last season.
His career as a long reliever is off to a much better start.
Reyes, 2-14 with a 6.04 ERA as a starter last season, struck out 13 in 19 innings this spring to nab a bullpen spot. Tuesday's performance got him halfway to last year's win total.
"Troy's hit was huge, but we don't have a chance without Anthony's pitching," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "He was really pumping it. That's the way he's looked before. He was really going after those guys. It was a clutch job by him he deserves something good like a 'W."'
The 26-year-old has struggled with control in the past, but seems to have improved this season.
"My mechanics are coming back," said Reyes (1-0), who struck out one. "In spring training I was OK, but I wasn't quite there. I just needed to remember what I used to do. I've tweaked a couple of things and I'm feeling better and better."
Jason Isringhausen worked a perfect ninth for his fourth save.
Duncan scored on a single by Adam Kennedy in the sixth inning to tie it at 3. The Cardinals had a chance to take the lead later in the inning but Mark Loretta's throw home beat Rick Ankiel there to end the inning.
Tejada made it 3-2 when he scored on a wild pitch later in the inning.
Schumaker broke out of an 0-for-16 slump with that hit.
"I haven't been doing my job lately," he said. "Getting on base is what I'm supposed to do. It was frustrating because I was seeing the ball good, I just wasn't hitting it."
Cardinals starter Brad Thompson lasted four innings, allowing five hit and three runs with five strikeouts and two walks.
Astros starter Shawn Chacon allowed four hits and three runs. He struck out two and walked four in six innings.
"I could have been a lot better and I will be a lot better," Chacon said.
Rule 5 draftee Wesley Wright struck out two in a perfect seventh for Houston.
"It was a pretty good night pitching for us, we just couldn't get a big hit," Astros manager Cecil Cooper said.
- Astros 2B Kaz Matsui, on the disabled list after surgery to repair an anal fissure, was 1-for-3 with a double in a rehab assignment with Double-A Corpus Christi on Tuesday. He could return to Houston's lineup as soon as Sunday.
- Cardinals RHP Joel Pineiro, on the disabled list with a right shoulder strain, allowed six hits and two runs with five strikeouts in six innings of a rehab start for Triple-A Memphis Tuesday.