The Bottom Line:

— The St. Louis Cardinals (67-56) defeated the Houston Astros (39-85) by a score of 4-2 on Wednesday night. With the Pittsburgh Pirates losing, the Cards are now a half game ahead for the second wild card spot. They have yet again reached their high watermark of the season at 11 games over .500

Kyle Lohse (13-2) won his seventh straight decision after giving up two earned runs (both home runs) and three hits over seven innings pitched.

Jon Jay had an RBI single to tie the game at 2-2 in the fifth inning and then eventually scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch from Astros’ starter Bud Norris.In addition, he had a truly amazing defensive play in the sixth inning, which you can view here.

Yadier Molina hit a two-out RBI single in the eighth, scoring Matt Holliday and giving the Cards another insurance run.

The Cards did it all on Wednesday night as they hit with runners in scoring position, they pitched well, and they made a couple of terrific defensive plays. They are now finally ahead in the wild card race and hopefully they can keep it that way. The Cards have seven games remaining against Houston and should at the minimum would five of them, if not more, because this team is truly awful.

There’s nothing left to say about Kyle Lohse. He has been spectacular throughout this second half and he continues to not put much stress on relievers which will be key for the run the Cardinals are making at the end of this season. The more innings the starters can eat up, the more effective the bullpen will be not only now, but potentially in October as well.

What’s Next: The Cardinals conclude their three-game series with the Houston Astros on Thursday afternoon at 12:45PM CST. The game can be seen on Fox Sports Midwest and all pre and post game information can be found on CardsBlog.