Tony La Russa's decision to save Chris Carpenter for a rainy day nearly cost the Cardinals. But, the Atlanta Braves bailed him out by beating the Astros.
As a result of Houston's loss, St. Louis clinched the NL Central Division title to avoid the worst late-season collapse in baseball history.
La Russa chose to forgo Carpenter and start Anthony Reyes on three-day's rest. Reyes retired only two batters in the first inning in the Cardinals' 5-3 loss to Milwaukee.
Sensing the urgency of the matter, Cardinals fans joined in a collective Tomahawk Chop hoping to will the Braves to victory.
The Reds, who were eliminated from playoff contention on Saturday, lost to the Pirates today to finish with an 80-82 record, their sixth consecutive losing season.