Jon Jay makes a sliding catch along the outfield wall in the ninth inning. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

In playing their first game since being eliminated from playoff contention, the Cardinals picked up win 82 assuring a winning record for the 12th time in 15 years under manager Tony LaRussa. The Cardinals beat the Pirates 4-1 Wednesday afternoon at Busch Stadium.

P.J. Walters pitched seven scoreless innings and Allen Craig homered and doubled to lead the offense. Starters Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday, Skip Schumaker and Brendan Ryan all sat this game out.

Walters gave up three hits and a walk while striking out four. Craig’s homer came in the fourth. The Cardinals made it a 2-0 game on a two out RBI single from Aaron Miles. The Cardinals put the game out of reach in the eighth on Bryan Anderson single and Tyler Greene sac fly.

Pittsburgh’s lone run came off Ryan Franklin who pitched the ninth in a non-save situation.