St. Louis Loses Again At Milwaukee, 8-1

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Ryan Braun hit a three-run homer and the

Milwaukee Brewers roughed up St. Louis rookie Jaime Garcia in an

8-1 win Wednesday night that kept the slumping Cardinals from

gaining ground in the postseason chase.

Albert Pujols hit his 36th homer in the first for the Cardinals,

but that was the only run Chris Capuano (3-3) allowed over seven


Garcia (13-7) had been looking for his fourth straight win.

Instead, he gave up a career-high seven runs as his ERA rose to


The Cardinals began the day six games behind Cincinnati in the

NL Central. The Reds played later at Colorado.

St. Louis has fallen flat chasing the Reds, losing 11 of the

last 15 with 25 games to go. those four wins, Garcia had three of

them with an 0.86 ERA in the span.

The 24-year-old left-hander was again expected to be the

stopper, but after the second inning, it was clear he didn't have

his best stuff and was gone after the fourth.

Capuano scattered four hits in his longest outing since 2007

after missing the last two seasons because of his second Tommy John


All of Milwaukee's runs came with two outs. Braun tied it in the

third with a single and Milwaukee scored two more on Casey

McGehee's single. After Corey Hart's RBI single in the fourth made

it 4-1, Braun homered.

Braun has been sizzling down the stretch and his fourth-inning

drive carried just beyond the reach of Colby Rasmus at the

left-center field wall. Since Aug. 2, Braun is hitting .403 with

four homers and 20 RBIs after being mired in the worst slump of his

young career most of the summer.

Braun joined teammates Prince Fielder (30), Hart (27), Rickie

Weeks (26) and McGehee (20) with at least 20 homers.

Pujols, who homered for the first time in 11 games, should reach

the 100-RBI mark for the 10th straight year in the coming days

after driving in his 98th with his first-inning shot.

Notes: The Brewers won the season series 8-7. ... Career saves

leader Trevor Hoffman got another loud ovation before the game

after highlights of his 600th save notched Tuesday night were shown

on the scoreboard. ... Cardinals LHP Trever Miller (left forearm

strain) had an MRI scan and is considered day to day. 3B David

Freese had minor surgery to his left ankle after the club

previously announced he was out for the season following right

ankle surgery.

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