St. Louis Cardinals Matt Holliday watches his solo home run clear the wall in the third inning. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Kyle Lohse threw six scoreless innings on eight days’ rest and the Cardinals got home runs from Jon Jay and Matt Holliday in the third, cutting into the Brewers’ NL Central lead with a 4-2 victory Tuesday night.

Lohse gave up four hits, struck out six and walked three. He was pushed back two days behind Chris Carpenter and Jake Westbrook after giving up four runs in five innings in a win against Pittsburgh in his last start.

The Cardinals continued their success against Yovanni Gallardo who gave up three runs in six innings, and has allowed six home runs in 10.2 innings over his last two losses to the Cardinals. Gallardo dropped to 1-7 with a 5.66 ERA for his career against the Cardinals. His only win was on May 7 here when he took a no-hitter into the eighth of a 4-0 victory.