ST. LOUIS -- In a three-pitch span at Busch Stadium on Thursday night, the Cardinals used back-to-back blasts from Jhonny Peralta and Stephen Piscotty to flip a three-run deficit into a one-run lead and spark a 7-3 victory over the Brewers. The win also helped the Cards maintain their four-game National League Central lead over the pursuing Pirates, who won their sixth straight game earlier in the day.
St. Louis, riding a five-game winning streak of its own, has a magic number of six to capture its third straight division title.
Jenifer Langosch and Adam McCalvy are reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.