But the nagging question remained: Will it be enough?
The Cardinals are one game behind San Francisco for the second NL wild-card spot. The Blue Jays fell one game behind Baltimore in the wild-card race and are now within range of Detroit and Seattle in the fight for the AL's final postseason berth. Darvish (7-5) allowed one run, three hits and one walk. Manager Mike Matheny intervened quickly, yanking Wacha after that and handing the rest of the game to the bullpen.
St. Louis fell behind early on Jung Ho Kang's first-inning three-run home run. Wacha didn't return for the second.
Cardinals: RHP Adam Wainwright (13-9, 4.67 ERA) has failed to make it through six innings in four of his last five starts, but he earned the win on four of them.
After playing for St. Louis for almost eight years and winning a World Series with the club, Holliday released a statement thanking the fans and the organization before the game. He responded by running to the clubhouse, getting his stuff and getting loose. It was Kang's sixth homer this year against St. Louis. "That's something you can't control". Who is your player of the game?
It amounted to an encore.
"I don't think there's a question about that, at least in conversations we've had", Matheny said.
We see Pakistan as 'a terrorist state'
India, in its right to reply during the General Debate at United Nations , said Pakistan has "democracy deficit". This was in response to Sharif's claims that Pakistan had "gone the extra mile and repeatedly offered dialogue".
The club said that it was unlikely that Holliday's team option for 2017 would be picked up after he was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Friday.
"We wish we would have already been in, but obviously, tomorrow is another must-win game", Gyorko said. "That's huge for us".
Tyler Glasnow (0-2) finished his rookie season with his most effective start, working five innings and giving up Gyorko's homer.
Gyorko's solo shot came on a 100-mph fastball from Felipe Rivero (1-6). Randall Delgado (5-2) pitched an inning of relief to get the victory. I probably didn't swing at it because I knew I couldn't hit it.
"I think he had strike three and sometimes they don't get called", Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. The 52 pitches thrown were a career-high. "I was glad to be out there competing and doing anything for the team", he said. "I was just going off Yadi (Molina)". "His curve played fairly well and he was able to pitch through traffic. It worked out. It was a lot of fun to be out there in a game like that". Seung Hwan Oh stranded runners at second and third for his 19th save in 22 opportunities. Per MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger, the last major league pitcher to do so was reliever Eric Gagne, who accomplished the feat for the 2003 Dodgers during his first and only Cy Young Award-winning season.
The Cardinals moved nine games above.500 for the 10th time this season. It was widely assumed after Friday night's 7-0 win that Holliday, who pinch-hit and homered in the seventh, was making a farewell appearance. Now he has two in two days. Anthony Rendon and Stephen Drew hit back-to-back home runs for Washington in a four-run fourth after Miami scored twice in the top of the inning for a 4-0 lead. The Cardinals notched their 42nd come-from-behind win.