National League Game Summary - Milwaukee at St. Louis
(Tuesday, September 6th)
Final Score: St. Louis 4, Milwaukee 2
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Jon Jay and Matt Holliday each homered, and
Kyle Lohse hurled six shutout innings to help the Cardinals' fading chances
with a 4-2 victory over the NL Central-leading Brewers.
Lohse (13-8), pitching on eight days' rest, scattered four hits and three
walks while striking out six for second-place St. Louis, which had lost three
of four coming in and still trails Milwaukee by a daunting 9 1/2 games.
Yovani Gallardo (15-10) continued his career-long struggles against the
Cardinals, yielding three runs on four hits and three walks in a six-inning
start to fall to 1-7 in 11 lifetime starts against them.
Wednesday is the last time the Cardinals can directly effect their chances at
catching the division front-runners, putting their hopes on Chris Carpenter
going up against Zack Greinke in the finale of the three-game series.
Jason Motte, trying to preserve a 4-1 lead in the ninth, yielded two singles
prior to facing the heart of the Brewers' lineup. The reliever induced a fly
ball from Ryan Braun for the first out before Prince Fielder hit an opposite-
field single to bring in Corey Hart.
The rally fell short, however, as Casey McGehee grounded into a 5-4-3 double
play, finishing off Motte's third save and snapping Milwaukee's four-game
"You don't want to give up a run, but we won the ballgame. That's all that
really matters," Motte said.
The Brewers had a prime scoring chance in the first inning, but Lohse retired
Yuniesky Betancourt to leave the bases loaded. The Brewers wound up 1-for-9
with runners in scoring position while stranding 12 baserunners.
Gallardo walked two in the bottom half, then surrendered Lance Berkman's two-
out base hit past a diving Fielder to bring in Rafael Furcal.
"I made a good pitch to Berkman, it was just out of the reach of Prince,"
Gallardo said. "It's just the way the game is."
Two longballs in the third gave St. Louis a bigger cushion, as Jay's blast
landed in the bullpen beyond the wall in right and Holliday's inside-out swing
resulted in a round-tripper near right-field foul pole.
Kameron Loe surrendered three straight one-out singles in the seventh, with
Jay's RBI base hit pushing the lead to 4-0.
Jay assisted Milwaukee in the eighth by misplaying a ball hit by Jonathan
Lucroy with two away, allowing Taylor Green to score from first.
The Brewers' magic number to clinch their first division title of any kind
since winning the AL East in 1982 is still 11...Lohse picked up his first win
against Milwaukee since July 25, 2007, when he was a member of the Reds...Hart
went 2-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to 18 games...Milwaukee still leads
the season series, 9-8.
09/07 02:55:16 ET
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