The Bottom Line:

— The St. Louis Cardinals (77-70) defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers (76-71) on Sunday afternoon by a score of 5-2. The Cardinals moved back up to one game ahead of the Dodgers for the second slot in the National League wild card spot.

Adam Wainwright pitched well, giving up 2 earned runs, 2 walks, 4 strike outs, and 1 home run over 6 innings.

— The Cardinals took a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning after Allen Craig hit an RBI-double. He is now at 82 RBIs for the season.

Andre Ethier tied the game in third inning with a two-run home run. It was Ethier’s 19th home run of the season.

Stephen Fife, who was in for the injured Clayton Kershaw, got the start for the Dodgers and gave up 2 earned runs over 5 innings.

— The score remained at 2-2 until the 12th inning when Jon Jay hit an RBI-double to drive in Matt Carpenter and give them a 3-2 lead. The Cardinals added two more runs in the inning thanks to another RBI-single from Allen Craig and a bases-loaded walk from Yadier Molina.

Well, I’ll take it. Obviously this was a very disappointing road trip, only going 2-5. It was nice to see Jason Motte rebound from his outing on Saturday and notch his 35th save of the season. As Mike Matheny alluded to in his post-game comments on Saturday, the Cards pitched well enough throughout the entire series to win many more games, but their offense could not get it done for both series. Carlos Beltran had his third straight multi-hit game on Sunday which is encouraging, but if the Cards plan on playing October baseball, they need some of the guys in this lineup to step up quickly, particularly with Lance Berkman out of the lineup for the rest of the season.

This race is obviously still up for grabs with just a couple weeks left to go in the season, and no team seems to want it. Thankfully the Cards have the off-day tomorrow and have an opportunity to gain some ground as they have three games coming up against the Houston Astros, who are by far one of the weakest teams in the National League.

What’s Next: The Cardinals have the off-day on Monday and will be traveling back to St. Louis to face the Houston Astros in a three-game series that begins Tuesday night at 7:15 PM CST. The game can be seen on Fox Sports Midwest and Fernando Abad (0-4; 5.08) will oppose Kyle Lohse (14-3; 2.81). As always, all pre and post game information can be found on CardsBlog.