The Cardinals have won eight games (out of 23) since July 25. Joe Kelly has won three and started another Cardinals victory in that streak.

Yadier Molina has caught two games since coming of the disabled after suffering a right knee sprain. The Cardinals have won both. You may draw your own conclusions.

Kelly who has given up one or no runs in three of those four starts blanked the Chicago Cubs on four hits for six innings.

Molina who had been nothing for 13 hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning that stretched out the Cardinals’ advantage.

Jon Jay scored an unusual run in the fifth when he dashed home on an infield fly to short left field. And the Cardinals shut out for the first 12 innings of this series did the blanking today in a 4-0 win.

The shutout was the sixth in the last seven Cubs home games with the Cubs losing five of those games.

Kelly (4-3) is fast becoming the Cardinals’ stopper. In all four of his recent starts the Cardinals had lost the previous day.

Rookie Michael Wacha recorded the final three outs all on strikeouts.

Kelly leaves after six scoreless innings

Joe Kelly fast becoming the Cardinals’ stopper worked six scoreless innings today blanking the Chicago Cubs on four hits before he was pinch hit for with his team leading 4-0 in the seventh.

Kelly struck out six and walked three in throwing 105 pitches. He has allowed one run or none in three of his last four starts.