The Bottom Line:

– The Cardinals (65-55) defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates (66-54) on Saturday evening by a score of 5-4, splitting the three game series at 1-1.

– The Cards picked up a game on the Pittsburgh Pirates to put them just one game back from the second wild card.

 – Lance Lynn pitched 4 innings giving up 3 runs, striking out 8 batters.
– Allen Craig, who went 2-fo-4, extended his hitting streak to eight games with a single through the left side of the infield.

Yadier Molina went 3-for-4 with ground rule double in the 5th, bringing in 2 runs

– Barret BrowningEdward Mujica, and Mitchell Boggs all had scoreless appearances (Edward Mujica had his 8th consecutive scoreless appearance since joining the Cardinals)

Jason Motte pitched his 28th save of the season and Barret Browning was awarded the win.

Quality hitting and pitching helped the Cardinals get today’s win. The Cardinals offense out numbered the Pirates in hits 11 to 8. Yadier Molina was the star of the game today with 3 hits and 2 RBIs. It was good to see him back in the lineup. The Cardinal pitching held their own today as well, giving up just 1 run after the 4th inning. The Cardinals need to maintain this style of play in order to continue making ground in the run for the Wild Card.

What’s Next: The Cardinals will play the rubber game with the Pirates tomorrow afternoon. Game time is 1:15 CST and can be seen on Fox Sports Midwest. Jaime Garcia will be facing off against Jeff Karstens. Pre-game and post-game information can be found on CardsBlog.