Jon Jay was still Mr. August. And Yadier Molina was once again the most valuable player in the National League. But their best efforts were the subplot Monday night.

After losing the lead in the seventh inning the Cardinals snatched it back from the Milwaukee Brewers with a four-run burst in the eighth fueled by three pinch hits the final one a two-run double by David Freese that cemented an 8-5 win.

Molina who had four hits and briefly took over the National League batting lead opened the eighth with a single but was snuffed out in a double play ball hit by Jay who had hit a two-run homer in the sixth.

Kolten Wong however beat out a high chopper to third for his second infield hit of the night (and second hit of his career) and pinch hitter Daniel Descalso singled to keep the inning alive.

Matt Adams pinch hit for Shane Robinson who came into the game the inning before in an early double switch removing Matt Holliday a move that usually isn’t made in the seventh inning. Nothing was wrong with Holliday manager Mike Matheny said. But the manager didn’t want to use reliever Trevor Rosenthal who pitched a long inning the day before so he was trying to make do with fewer late-inning men with rookie Michael Wacha possibly going two innings.

Down to .277 and without a run batted in for two weeks Adams — the club’s top pinch hitter at 11 for 30 (.367) — singled to right off Brandon Kintzler to tie the score and Matt Carpenter singled to put the Cardinals ahead.

Freese pinch hitting for the first time this season greeted Burke Badenhop with his double.

Adams asked if he had instructed Freese on the nuances of pinch hitting said “No he’s way better than me. He should be instructing me.”

The hit was the first for Freese since he went to the bench for much of the weekend Chicago series while Wong made his debut.

“I don’t even remember what happened in Chicago” said Freese smiling. “I just wanted to extend the lead.”