Yadier Molina had three hits, including a three-run double in a five-run third inning, and the Cardinals are back in the playoff picture by completing a three-game sweep of the slumping Atlanta Braves with a 6-3 win Sunday.
Jake Westbrook (12-8) allowed two runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings for the Cardinals. Jason Motte pitched a scoreless ninth for his fifth save in eight chances.
The Cardinals pulled within 4 1/2 games of NL wild card-leading Atlanta. They have 16 games left and open a three game series in Pittsburgh on Monday. The Braves start a three-game series with the Marlins on Monday and have 15 games remaining.
Atlanta has dropped seven straight games at Busch Stadium and hasn’t won in St. Louis since Sept. 13, 2009.