Despite an uncomfortable moment in the eighth inning, the Cardinals took care of business Tuesday against the Astros.
The Birds hung on for a 4-1 with Marc Rzepczynski coming in to get the last out in the eight after set-up man Mitchell Boggs inherited a four-run lead only to see the tying run come to the plate.
Yadier Molina doubled in the second and went to third on an outfield error then scored on a Daniel Descalso single to put St. Louis on the board first. In the fifth the Cardinals plated two more runs when Pete Kozma tripled and starting pitcher Kyle Lohse helped his own cause with a hit chopped over the third base bag. Lohse scored on Jon Jay's double to put St. Louis ahead 3-0.
Descalso scored on a Jay single in the seventh to give the Birds their final run.
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The win moved the Cardinals to a game and a half in front of the Dodgers whose game against the Nationals was rained out. Milwaukee beat Pittsburgh to keep pace while the Pirates are slipping back out of the playoff picture.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Lohse finally won his 15th game of the season with a seven inning performance in which he allowed no runs while scattering four hits and a pair of walks. Lohse struck out five.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Kozma's triple.
Lowlight: Boggs didn't look very effective. I hope he's not wearing down during the Birds' last push.
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