Matt Carpenter broke Stan Musial’s team record for doubles by a left-handed batter in a season as the Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-2 Saturday night to maintain a two-game lead in the NL Central. Carpenter’s fifth-inning double was his 54th one more than Musial’s total in 1953. Carpenter went into the game aware he was tied with Stan the Man.

The Cardinals lead Pittsburgh by two games and are ahead of Cincinnati by three games. St. Louis won for the 12th time in 17 games and improved to 14-4 against the Brewers this year, including 8-1 in Milwaukee.

Lance Lynn (14-10) allowed one run, four hits and four walks in 6 1/3 innings. He had been 0-5 with a 5.44 ERA in eight starts since winning at Cincinnati on Aug. 4.