St. Louis Cardinals (77-64) at Milwaukee Brewers (74-67), 7:10 p.m. (ET)
09/05/2014 11:12 AM
09/06/2014 10:36 AM
(SportsNetwork.com) - Perhaps it was the iconic throwback uniforms the Milwaukee Brewers were wearing that helped them stop a season-worst nine-game losing streak.
With memories of Robin Yount or maybe even the early years of Gary Sheffield swirling around Miller Park, the Brewers put the brakes on their lengthy slide and will go for back-to-back wins when they resume a four-game series Saturday with the rival St. Louis Cardinals.
Milwaukee led 4-0 at one point and made it 6-1 in the sixth inning courtesy of a two-run homer by Khris Davis. Scooter Gennett went 2-for-4 with three RBI and Jean Segura had three hits and scored twice in the 6-2 triumph for the Brewers, who won for the first time since Aug. 25 and sit three games behind St. Louis for the NL Central lead.
The Brewers, who are one game ahead of Atlanta for the second wild card spot, got 6 2/3 sharp innings from starter Mike Fiers and he allowed two runs with five strikeouts.
"Another great outing and one we needed badly," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said.
Ryan Braun was 1-for-4 in his return to the Brewers after missing time for the birth of his first child.
Some words were exchanged between the clubs after the final out, but nothing ensued.
Taking the mound for the Brewers Saturday will be Kyle Lohse. Lohse is 12-8 with a 3.68 ERA and is just 1-4 in his last five decisions. Lohse was hammered for nine hits and seven runs in 5 2/3 innings of a 15-5 loss at San Francisco on Sunday.
The veteran right-hander has allowed seven runs twice in his last five appearances and hasn't had much success in his career against St. Louis, going 3-6 with a 4.75 ERA in 11 starts. Lohse, though, is 4-2 in 10 starts at Miller Park this season.
St. Louis had its six-game winning streak cut short last night and starting pitcher John Lackey had a rough go of it on the mound, charged with all six runs and nine hits in six innings.
"Kind of a weird one tonight," Lackey said afterward. "I felt like I threw better than the line score. I had pretty good stuff. They got a couple big hits and I had a little bit of bad luck to start some of those innings."
Jhonny Peralta homered for the Cardinals, who still have a seemingly comfortable lead over Milwaukee and sit five games ahead of Pittsburgh in the Central standings.
The Cardinals, who are in the midst of playing eight in a row on the road, will hand Lance Lynn the ball Saturday and he is 14-8 with a 2.85 earned run average. Lynn has won six of his last eight decisions and has not factored in the outcome in each of his last two appearances.
In a 5-4 win over Pittsburgh on Monday, Lynn lasted six innings and allowed three runs. He hasn't allowed more than three runs in a start since June 28, when he was reached for seven runs -- six earned -- in just two innings of a 9-1 loss at Los Angeles.
The Cardinals are 8-6 against the Brewers this season and had won three straight and six of the last eight matchups between the teams before Friday's loss.
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