Whether it was insisting that Adam Wainwright not try to morph into Chris Carpenter or telling Matt Carpenter he didn’t have to become a central-casting leadoff hitter Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has made a theme this summer of urging individual players to be themselves not the role or person they’re replacing.

In someone else’s spot Matt Adams has little trouble being himself.

It took Lance Lynn a little while to learn himself.

Milwaukee got to know more than necessary about both as Adams homered for the second consecutive day and Lynn continued his September revival in a 7-2 victory Friday against the Brewers. Adams provided Lynn with a two-run homer in the first inning and Lynn pitched 6 1/3 solid innings mostly with a one-run lead for his first win since Aug. 4. The Cardinals turned their ninth win in 10 games at Miller Park this season into a rout with a five-run eighth inning.

The Cardinals remained two games ahead of second-place Pittsburgh in the National League Central and trimmed their magic number to clinch the division title down to six. The Cardinals can clinch a postseason berth Sunday with a Washington loss or a win that night against Milwaukee in the final road game of the regular season. The Cardinals plan to have a “muted” celebration when it happens.

“Still work to be done” general manager John Mozeliak said.

The Cardinals are also a half game behind Atlanta for the best record in the National League and home-field advantage through the league’s championship series. That’s not the only work remaining. There is also the ninth inning which needs a new attendant as closer Edward Mujica falters and a need to get RBI-king Allen Craig’s injured foot healthy.

In Craig’s absence Adams despite needing a brace to tame pain in his right elbow has hit seven home runs and provided 14 RBIs in 18 games this month. He homered Friday night to put the Cardinals ahead in the ninth inning and in the first inning Saturday he connected for a two-run shot off Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo.

Adams hit his 16th homer in his 265th at-bat. He has the third-most homers on the team and the third-fewest at-bats of any player with the team since opening day.