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MLB: St. Louis 13, Houston 6

Sept. 28, 2011 at 12:19 AM   |   Comments

HOUSTON, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Allen Craig drove in a career-high four runs Monday and the St. Louis Cardinals forged a tie for the NL wild-card lead with a 13-6 rout of Houston.

Craig entered the game in the third inning to replace Matt Holliday, who left with discomfort in his right hand, and proceeded to have a big game, smacking a three-run homer and an RBI double as St. Louis rallied from a 5-0 deficit.

Nick Punto went 4-for-5 with a solo home run and Skip Schumaker drove in three runs for the Cards, who will seek to edge out the Atlanta Braves for the wild-card in Wednesday's final game of the regular season.

The Braves came into Tuesday with a one-game lead but lost to Philadelphia. Should the Braves and the Cardinals remain tied after Wednesday, a one-game tie-breaker would be played Thursday night in St. Louis.

Eduardo Sanchez (3-1) earned the win with 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of starter Jake Westbrook, who lasted only 2 1/3 frames, allowing five runs on seven hits.

Houston's Enerio Del Rosario (0-3) was saddled with the loss after allowing three runs in seventh.

Jimmy Paredes and Brett Wallace each drove in two runs for the Astros.

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