The Milwaukee Brewers tenuous hold on the National League Central Division is down to a single game after the St. Louis Cardinals defated the Brewers 3-2 in the rubber game of the weekend series at Busch Stadium. Milwaukee scored in the first off newly acquired starter John Lackey as Aramis Ramirez had an RBI single. The lead jumped to 2-0 when Mark Reynolds hit his 19th home run of the season in the second inning. Meanwhile, Milwaukee starter Matt Garza was almost unhittable. He allowed just one hit through six innings. Garza could not come out for the 7th because of a strained oblique muscle. Matt Holliday greeted reliever Zach Duke with a home run in the bottom of the 7th. Duke gave up another hit and was pulled for Jeremy Jeffress. Jeffress gave up three hits and the Cardinals rallied for three runs in the frame to take the lead and the Brewers could not find an answer. Milwaukee (61-51) now leads St. Louis by 1 and Pittsburgh by a game and a half. The Brewers have an off day Monday before opening a weeklong homestand against the two teams battling for the Western Division lead, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
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