(BaseballStL) —Despite three perfect frames to start, Tyler Lyons found himself trailing 1-0 after five. A streak of 10 up and 10 down was interrupted by Justin Upton with one out in the fourth.
After watching a strike, Upton took the second pitch out to center field for his ninth home run of the season and put the Cardinals in one run hole.
It was one of only two hits Lyons allowed through five, but St. Louis managed only four hits of their own in that time.
Despite having a runner on in each of the first four innings, St. Louis never got a man past second base. A double play in the second and another in the fourth killed leadoff hits, but the Cardinals finally captilized in the sixth.
Matt Carpenter led off with a walk, was moved to second on a Yadier Molina ground out and scored on a Matt Holliday single into right.
It would be Holliday's 19th RBI, a team high, and tie the game at one run apiece
The run was only the second Lyons has received of support as a starter.
In the eighth, Randy Choate run into trouble when Upton singled with one out. Freddie Freeman followed by shooting a ball back off the 38-year-old's foot and by the time Carpenter got to it, there was no play.
In a series of moves, Matheny brought in Peter Bourjos, moved Holliday out of the game and swapped Choate for Pat Neshek.
Neshek would be unable to hold the ship together, surrendering the go-ahead run on a single to right field.
He would escape further damage, but the Cardinals were helpless against closer Jason Kimbrel, going down in order in the ninth.
With the series tied 1-1 and St. Louis back at .500, Adam Wainwright will take the mound in the final matchup against Atlanta Wednesday.