The Cardinals used the long ball Wednesday to win their second consecutive game against Arizona -- and to pull into a tie with the Pirates for a playoff berth.
The Diamondbacks took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning on a solo shot from first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. But David Freese answered in the bottom half of the frame with a two-run job that plated Carlos Beltran and made the score 2-1 in favor of St. Louis.
The Cardinals added a run in the fifth when Allen Craig hit a solo homer to centerfield to make the score 3-1. But Arizona threatened in the top of the sixth with a pair of singles that left runners at first and third with no outs.
St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright coaxed a ground ball and the Birds turned a double play to make the score 3-2. But it killed the rally and kept the Cardinals out front. Then in the bottom half of the inning, Rafael Furcal hit a two-out, two-run triple to put the Redbirds out front 5-2.
The bullpen kept things simple with Edward Mujica dispatching the D-Backs in the seventh; Mitchell Boggs handling them in the eighth and Jason Motte turning out the lights in the ninth.
Wainwright lasted six innings and allowed two runs on five hits to notch his 11th victory of the season. He's the fourth Cardinals hurler to win at least 11 games and he seems to only be picking up steam, lowering his season ERA to 3.87.
The win improved the Cardinals' record to 64-53 on the season, tying the club with the Pirates who lost lopsidedly -- again -- to the Dodgers.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Wainwright
Cardinals Play of the Game: Furcal's triple.
Lowlight: Matt Holliday, who has carried the Cardinals lately, was cooled on Wednesday. He was hitless in four at-bats with a pair of strike outs.