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