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Brewers 8, Cardinals 1

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MILWAUKEE -- There was uncomfortable silence in the St. Louis Cardinals' clubhouse. Either it was a quiet reflection of a team tired of losing and ready to go on a September run or the settling realism that this season is over.

Ryan Braun hit a three-run homer and the Milwaukee Brewers roughed up rookie Jaime Garcia in an 8-1 win Wednesday night that kept the slumping Cardinals from gaining ground in the postseason chase.

Postseason Chase

"We're going to keep fighting. To me, personally, as many times as I get a chance to pitch again this season, I'm going to try and go out there and give my best," Garcia said.

The Cardinals' upcoming four-game series against fellow postseason hopeful Atlanta beginning Thursday could begin clearing up contenders for the final three weeks with Adam Wainwright of St. Louis starting against Jair Jurrjens.

"I know everybody here is going to do their best and keep fighting," Garcia said. "We'll see what happens in the end."

Albert Pujols hit his NL-leading 36th homer in the first inning for the Cardinals, but that was the only run Chris Capuano (3-3) allowed over seven innings.

"We had a weird night," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "We took a lot of early strikes and then it looked like we panicked a little bit and we chased a lot of pitches."

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 2.69.

The Cardinals remain six games behind Cincinnati in the NL Central. The Reds lost 9-2 in Colorado.

St. Louis has fallen flat in the chase, losing 11 of 15 with 25 games to go. Garcia has had three of those four wins with an 0.86 ERA in the previous three starts.

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.

"I was trying to do too much," Garcia said.

Capuano scattered four hits in his longest outing since 2007 after missing the last two seasons because of his second Tommy John surgery.

"I don't think people realize how difficult it is to go through what he's been through and get back to this point," Braun said. "It's great to see him throwing the ball well. He's earned the right to get back here."

Capuano said he wanted to return for the eighth, but his groin tightened on him. The rebuilt arm, however, hasn't been a problem.

"Knock on wood, I've been real happy with the way the arm feels," he said.

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.

"Make mistakes with men in scoring position, you get burnt," La Russa said.

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 RBI 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.

That was it for the Cardinals' offense.

"We were just bad," La Russa said. "We're getting shut down pretty regularly now [against left-handers]. We've got to do something about it."

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 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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Players of the Game
Milwaukee

R. Braun
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
St. Louis

A. Pujols
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Tyler Greene, 2B-SS4000010 .243
Colby Rasmus, CF4010000 .268
Albert Pujols, 1B3121001 .311
   a- Bryan Anderson, PH1010000 .300
Matt Holliday, LF3000012 .302
   b- Jon Jay, PH1000011 .322
Nick Stavinoha, RF3000011 .243
    Aaron Miles, 2B1000001 .304
Pedro Feliz, 3B3000000 .221
Brendan Ryan, SS3000000 .215
    Dennys Reyes, P0000000 .000
    Jeff Suppan, P0000000 .235
Matt Pagnozzi, C3010010 .333
Jaime Garcia, P1000000 .192
   c- Felipe Lopez, PH1000001 .233
    Mike MacDougal, P0000000 .000
    Jason Motte, P0000000 .000
    Randy Winn, RF1000000 .247
Totals3215105  
a-doubled for Pujols in the 9th
b-struck out for Holliday in the 9th
c-popped out for Garcia in the 5th
Batting
2B - Albert Pujols (33, Capuano), Bryan Anderson (2, Jeffress)
HR - Albert Pujols (36, Capuano)
RBI - Albert Pujols (98)
2-OUT RBI - Albert Pujols (38)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Brendan Ryan (14, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jaime Garcia (L,13-7) 4777241 2.69
Mike MacDougal 1100000 8.31
Jason Motte 1.1000010 2.56
Dennys Reyes 0.1000000 3.86
Jeff Suppan 1.1211100 5.83
Pitches-Strikes - Jaime Garcia 77-48, Mike MacDougal 19-9, Jason Motte 14-11, Dennys Reyes 2-2, Jeff Suppan 20-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jaime Garcia 8-1, Mike MacDougal 2-1, Jason Motte 2-1, Dennys Reyes 1-0, Jeff Suppan 1-3
Batters Faced - Jaime Garcia 22, Mike MacDougal 4, Jason Motte 4, Dennys Reyes 1, Jeff Suppan 7
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rickie Weeks, 2B3211210 .269
Corey Hart, RF5121013 .282
Ryan Braun, LF4224000 .304
Prince Fielder, 1B4110000 .276
Casey McGehee, 3B4012002 .285
Lorenzo Cain, CF4010001 .267
Alcides Escobar, SS4110001 .249
Jonathan Lucroy, C4110012 .268
Chris Capuano, P3000021 .111
    Manny Parra, P0000000 .182
   a- Mat Gamel, PH0000100 .000
    Jeremy Jeffress, P0000000 .000
Totals35810835  
a-walked for Parra in the 8th
Batting
2B - Rickie Weeks (29, Suppan), Prince Fielder (25, Garcia)
HR - Ryan Braun (20, Garcia)
RBI - Rickie Weeks (78), Corey Hart (89), Ryan Braun 4 (84), Casey McGehee 2 (92)
2-OUT RBI - Rickie Weeks (35), Corey Hart (37), Ryan Braun 4 (38), Casey McGehee 2 (38)
SB - Rickie Weeks (10, 2nd base off Garcia/Pagnozzi), Lorenzo Cain (6, 2nd base off MacDougal/Pagnozzi)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Alcides Escobar (19, Throwing)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Capuano (W,3-3) 7411021 4.09
Manny Parra 1000020 5.31
Jeremy Jeffress 1100010 9.00
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Capuano 83-55, Manny Parra 11-9, Jeremy Jeffress 16-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Capuano 9-10, Manny Parra 1-0, Jeremy Jeffress 1-1
Batters Faced - Chris Capuano 25, Manny Parra 3, Jeremy Jeffress 4
Game Information
Attendance - 34298
Game Time - 2:29
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Scott Barry, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Tim Tschida, Third Base - Bob Davidson