The Bottom Line:

— The St. Louis Cardinals (83-71) defeated the Houston Astros (50-104) by a score of 6-1 on Monday night as the Cardinals moved up to 3.5 games ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers for the second slot in the National League wild card race. The Cardinals have now won 7 of their last 8 games.

Lance Lynn (17-7) have up one earned run and five hits over 7 innings. He struck out 9 and walked 2 batters. His ERA is now at 3.69 for the season.

Pete Kozma hit a 2-run home run in the second inning, giving the Cardinals a 3-0 lead.

Matt Holliday became the fourth player in the National League this season to reach 100 RBIs after a 2-RBI single in the seventh inning

I ‘m always buying into the Cardinals but I refuse to make statements that could come back to bite me. The Cards are now 3.5 games ahead of the Brewers with a mere 8 games left in the regular season though, so I’m certainly eager for what holds for Cardinals baseball over the coming days.

Jon Jay made an unbelievable catch in the fourth inning in which he leaped for a line drive, knocked it down with his glove, and then caught it with his bare hand. Though I often complain about the Cardinals’ defense, he has consistently been the one bright spot, particularly in the outfield, all season long.

It was also nice to see some guys in the bullpen get a rest. Mujica, Boggs, and Motte have been pitching their butts off recently and it was nice for once not to have a stressful victory. Though I suppose I can’t be picky when it comes to how we win games.

What’s Next: The Cardinals go for 4 in a row on Tuesday afternoon as they face the Houston Astros for the middle game of a three-game set. First pitch is at 7:05 and can be seen on Fox Sports Midwest. As always, all pre and post game information can be found on CardsBlog. Go Cards.