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St. Louis Cardinals beat Houston Astros 6-1

9:29 PM, Sep 24, 2012   |    comments
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KRISTIE RIEKEN
AP Sports Writer

HOUSTON (AP) - Lance Lynn pitched seven innings to earn his 17th win, rookie Pete Kozma hit a two-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals strengthened their grip on a playoff spot with a 6-1 win over the Houston Astros on Monday night.

Yadier Molina added a solo shot as the Cardinals moved 3½ games in front of Milwaukee and Los Angeles for the second NL wild card. The Brewers lost 12-2 at Washington earlier in the day, and the Dodgers were off.

Lynn (17-7) struck out nine and yielded allowed one run and five hits.

Kozma extended St. Louis' lead to 3-0 with his second major league homer in the second, a day after hitting his first one.

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