The Milwaukee Brewers have dropped to fourth place in a tight National League Central division, after losing at Pittsburgh 8-7 Wednesday.
The Houston Astros moved past Milwaukee after beating Saint Louis 4-3.
The Cardinals now lead the division by one game over the Astros and Chicago Cubs, and by two games over the Brewers.
The Cubs gained ground with a 10-5 win at Philadelphia. Mitch Stetter took the loss for the Brewers yesterday, when he gave up a lead-off home run to Brandon Moss in the bottom of the ninth which broke a 7-7 tie.
Stetter dropped to 2-and-1. Matt Capps got the win in relief. He's now 2-5.
Ryan Doumit homered twice for the Pirates. Garrett Jones and Andrew McCutchen also went yard, as Pittsburgh won its fourth game in its last six.
Ryan Braun homered, doubled and drove in four runs for the Brewers, who have the National League's worst record for day games at 11-21.
Casey McGehee also homered for Milwaukee, which lost two of three to the last-place Pirates.
The Brewers are off today, and will host Atlanta Friday night.