The Cardinals discovered more Tuesday than the Houston Astros are indeed an easy mark. They received confirmation that Adam Wainwright is again a pitcher of influence, perhaps even dominance.

Yes, the Astros have unilaterally disarmed to the extent they must now be considered Relegation League.

Yes, the Cardinals jumped Astros starting pitcher Lucas Harrell for four first-inning runs en route to a rather perfunctory outcome before a Busch Stadium crowd of 35,370.

And, yes, every Cardinal position player either had a hit or a RBI before the fourth inning.