Placed on notice by general manager John Mozeliak last week after a fifth straight ugly loss Cardinals righthander Lance Lynn surely maintained his place in the rotation for the rest of the season Wednesday night with a commanding 10-strikeout performance over six innings in which he did not allow an earned run to the Milwaukee Brewers.

He still hasn’t won since Aug. 4 but the Cardinals finally won a game he started when they exploded for four runs in the eighth inning at Busch Stadium to snap a 1-1 tie and put down the Brewers 5-1 for their fifth straight victory on this home stand.

The Cardinals who were no-hit for 5 2/3 innings for the

second night in a row maintained status quo in the National League Central Division race staying one game ahead of Pittsburgh and three ahead of Cincinnati.

Lynn said he hadn’t realized his spot was in any jeopardy although Mozeliak had said pointedly that “the definition of insanity is repeating the same thing over and over and hoping for a different outcome.”

After the game Lynn said “I haven’t talked to John haven’t heard anything he said. I’m just trying to help the team win. I’m not worried about anything else.”

The key blow in the eighth was a two-run homer by Matt Adams off lefthander Michael Gonzalez. Adams hitting just .195 against lefthanders had been deprived of an extra-base hit in the second when an umpiring call went against the Cardinals.

Matt Carpenter who got the Cardinals’ first hit off Marco Estrada a sixth-inning liner off the pitcher’s right ankle singled to right with one out in the eighth against loser Brandon Kintzler (3-2). Jon Jay walked on a full-count pitch and Matt Holiday who had started a seventh-inning rally with a single grounded a single off the glove of shortstop Jean Segura who did well to get to the ball.

Carlos Beltran’s sacrifice fly to left against Gonzalez broke the tie. Jay then stole third. Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy started to throw there but then changed his mind and fired to first where Holliday had returned after breaking for second and also changing his mind. The throw sailed into right field and Jay scored.

Adams followed with his 12th homer a drive to right center.

Lynn allowed five hits and walked two in six innings as he extended the Cardinals’ streak of consecutive innings without their starters allowing an earned run to 33 2/3 including the last four games and Joe Kelly’s final inning in the fifth start.

Lynn when asked the difference between this start and the preceding ones said “I got a lot of people out.

“After the third inning I knew I had really good stuff.

“The first couple of innings you’re kind of mixing in some pitches to get set up for later on. After that I was ready to go.”

The only run the Brewers scored off Lynn who had one of his best fastballs of the season came in the second via a double steal and a throwing error.

Carlos Gomez singled to center and Scooter Gennett walked with one out. Juan Francisco who strikes out at a furious clip of once every 2.5 at-bats fanned for the 129th time.

The Brewers who lead the NL in stolen bases tried a double steal. Catcher Tony Cruz replacing Yadier Molina who was away from the park for a family emergency tried to get the trail runner Gennett. But shortstop Daniel Descalso trying to catch the ball and apply the tag could not handle a low throw that sailed into center field with Gomez scoring.

“I probably should have tried to smother it instead of picking it and putting the tag on him” said Descalso.

Injured righthander Chris Carpenter had spoken recently of talking to Lynn to help him through his troubles. Before Wednesday’s game with the coaching staff also involved Carpenter and reigning ace Adam Wainwright conducted a 15-minute seminar for second-year starter Lynn and even less experienced starters in Kelly Shelby Miller and Michael Wacha.

Lynn said the conversation revolved around “being mentally prepared to go down this stretch. We’ve got a group of three guys who have never been down this stretch and/or never started a game in the playoffs that might need a bit of assurance how to go about this.

“Carp may be one of the best playoff pitchers of all time. He’s a good one to listen to.”

For manager Mike Matheny Lynn “was much more like what we expect Lance to be like.”