St. Louis Cardinals' Ryan Theriot (3) hits a two-run triple in front of Houston Astros catcher Humberto Quintero during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) By David J. Phillip
St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese (23) is tagged out at home plate by Houston Astros catcher J.R. Towles during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) By David J. Phillip
HOUSTON (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals are tied with Atlanta for the NL wild-card lead, getting a clutch two-run triple from Ryan Theriot in the seventh inning of a 13-6 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.
The sliding Braves lost 7-1 to Philadelphia, sending the race for the NL's final playoff spot to the final day of the regular season. If the teams are tied after Wednesday's game, St. Louis will host a one-game playoff on Thursday night.
The Cardinals trailed 5-0 early and appeared to be headed for a second straight loss to the Astros. But St. Louis scored five times in the fourth and erased a 6-5 deficit with a four-run seventh.
Lance Berkman hit a two-out single and scored on Allen Craig's tying double. Yadier Molina walked before Theriot's triple made it 8-6.
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