ST. LOUIS, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Jon Jay
singled in the tying run in the fifth Wednesday and then scored on a wild pitch in helping push the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-2 victory over Houston.
The Cardinals won for the third time in four games to jump a half game past Pittsburgh into second place in the National League Central. The Astros lost their sixth in a row.
Houston took a 2-1 lead through four innings on home runs by Brett Wallace and Chris Snyder, but could produce no more offense against Kyle Lohse.
Lohse (13-2) surrendered only three hits in seven innings while winning his seventh straight decision.
Rafael Furcal opened the St. Louis fifth with a single off Bud Norris (5-11) and moved to second on a sacrifice by Lohse.
Jay then singled home Furcal with the tying run and took second on the throw home. Jay moved to third on a ground out and scored on a wild pitch by Norris on a 2-0 count to Matt Holliday.
Yadier Molina singled in the final St. Louis run in the eighth.
Jason Motte worked a perfect ninth for his 29th save.
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