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.
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.