The Cardinals didn't do a lot with the bats Tuesday night.
But what they did sure came at opportune times.
The Birds were no-hit into the sixth inning by the Milwaukee Brewers. But their first hit was a Matt Holliday home run that immediately followed a Matt Carpenter walk. The Cardinals added insurance runs in the seventh and eighth innings. And they'd need them as closer Edward Mujica surrendered a two-run homer in the Brewers ninth.
But the damage ended there and the Cardinals won 4-2, holding off the Pittsburgh Pirates who beat the Texas Rangers to remain a game behind St. Louis while gaining a game on the Cincinnati Reds who lost for the second consecutive night to the Chicago Cubs.
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Shelby Miller, who has been shaky lately, had one of his best games of the season, throwing 6 2/3 shutout innings with only five hits allowed.
Miller improved to 13-9 and lowered his season ERA to 3.05. He's 8-3 with an ERA under 2 at home and is 5-6 with a 4.46 ERA on the road.
Marco Estrada will pitch for Milwaukee in the second game of the series Wednesday. He's 6-4 with a 4.49 ERA. Lance Lynn, loser of five straight decisions, may be getting his last chance to straighten himself out before losing his spot in the St. Louis starting rotation. He's 13-10 with a 4.37 ERA.