The Bottom Line:

– The Cardinals (61-51) defeated the San Francisco Giants (61-51) on Thursday afternoon by a score of 3-1, splitting the four game series.

– The Cards picked up a game on the Cincinnati Reds (5 GB) but remained 2 games back of the Pittsburgh Pirates for the second wild card.

 – Adam Wainwright earned the victory after giving another quality start, allowing one earned and five hits over seven innings, including three walks and seven strikeouts
Carlos Beltran hit a two-run home run in the first, making it his 27th home run of the seaon.

Jon Jay who went 2-for-3 with one walk and one stolen base, scored on a Craig sacrifice fly to right in the 6th,

Mitchell Boggs pitched a scoreless eighth inning after his streak of 23 games without a run unceremoniously came to an end last night.

– Jason Motte pitched a scoreless ninth inning, earning his 25th save of the season and helping the Cards gain their 61st win.

It was very important for the Cards to bounce back the way they did today. You’re going to have the kind of blowouts that occurred last night every so often, and the way in which a team responds after those kinds of losses can be very telling of the fight they have in them. This is obviously the kind of resilience we saw in the last month of 2011, and it’s nice to see that they just didn’t give up on the series despite being blown out last night. On a more personal note, it’s great to see the resilience in Carlos Beltran who hit a home run after going 0-for-3 yesterday, snapping a nine-game hitting streak

What’s Next: The Cardinals start a three game series with the Philadelphia Phillies tomorrow night at Busch Stadium. Game time is 6:05 CST and can be seen on Fox Sports Midwest. Kyle Lohse opposes Roy Holliday. Pre-game and post-game information can be found on CardsBlog.