The NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals continue to inch closer to their first division crown in four years.
Facing the Milwaukee Brewers' Yovani Gallardo isn't likely to slow them down.
The Cardinals try to hit Gallardo hard again Saturday night when they play the second of three at Miller Park.
Matt Adams went 3 for 5 with a homer and three RBIs and Carlos Beltran drove in two runs, delivering a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the 10th inning of Friday's wild 7-6 victory.
"Getting taken into extra innings isn't what we were looking for, but what a win," manager Mike Matheny said. "That would be a pretty tough one to eat when you have the two-run lead (in the ninth). It was just a great, great win."
Winner in 10 of 14, St. Louis (90-64) sits two games ahead of Pittsburgh and Cincinnati in the division with eight to play.
"That says a lot about this club the way we responded. It was a huge win and we needed that one," Matt Carpenter said. "Every game is crucial."