On a night when the Atlanta Braves clinched a wild card spot, The Cardinals helped solidify their place in the post season by beating the Astros 4-0. Milwaukee lost again to Cincinnati 4-2 and the Dodgers lost to San Diego 2-1, giving the Cardinals a four game lead over both teams for the second wild card spot. The Cardinals magic number to clinch is at four which is any combination of Cardinal wins and losses from the Brewers and Dodgers.
Jaime Garcia pitched seven shutout innings. Jon Jay drove in two runs. Pete Kozma and Yadier Molina picked up RBIs as well. Garcia (6-7) allowed six hits and struck out five to beat the Astros for the second time in a week after going 0-5 in his first seven starts against Houston. Mitchell Boggs and Joe Kelly completed the seven-hitter. It was the ninth shutout for the Cardinals this season.