(Sports Network) - The St. Louis Cardinals try to inch closer to a playoff
spot on Saturday night when they resume a three-game series with the Milwaukee
The Cardinals overcame some late-inning troubles to secure a 7-6 victory last
night in 10 innings. The victory pushed St. Louis two games ahead of
Pittsburgh and Cincinnati for first place in the NL Central and gave the Cards
a magic number of two to clinch a playoff berth.
The Reds rallied to beat the Pirates on Friday night in the opener of a three-
game series between the two current NL wild card holders.
Matt Adams hit a two-run homer off of Milwaukee's Jim Henderson in the top of
the ninth for a two-run lead, but Cardinals closer Edward Mujica failed to
hold a lead. He gave up a run-scoring single and issued a walk to load the
bases before being lifted in favor of John Axford, who was acquired from
Milwaukee in a trade last month.
Axford allowed one inherited runner to score before getting a double play to
end the inning.
"There was excitement in the dugout right away, no matter what was happening
down there. The game was tied in the ninth inning. Once I came in everybody
was fired up, ready to go," Axford said.
Carlos Beltran secured St. Louis' third victory in four games with a sac fly
in the 10th inning.
The Brewers have lost two in a row following a four-game win streak and have
lost 13 of 17 versus the Cardinals this year, going 1-7 at Miller Park.
Back-to-back solid outings has failed to net Lance Lynn a win and he looks to
claim his first victory in nearly seven weeks tonight for the Cardinals.
Lynn has dropped five straight decisions over eight starts with a 5.44 earned
run average since his last win on Aug. 4. The right-hander has allowed just
three runs -- two earned -- over his last two starts, but received a no-
decision both times.
That includes Monday in Colorado, where he hurled 6 1/3 innings of two-run
ball. Lynn worked around six hits and walked only one, but St. Louis lost 6-2.
The 26-year-old faced the Brewers five days earlier and was charged with one
unearned run over six innings with 10 strikeouts. The no-decision left Lynn
2-2 with a 2.72 ERA in nine meetings (5 starts) all-time with the Brewers.
Undefeated for almost two months, Yovani Gallardo hopes that momentum is
enough to solve a Cardinals club that has given him fits over his career.
Gallardo is just 1-10 lifetime versus St. Louis, posting a 6.78 ERA in 16
meetings. He has a 7.15 ERA in two contests this year and has not beaten St.
Louis since 2011.
The righty, tough, comes into this contest undefeated since a loss on July 25.
He is 3-0 with a 2.66 ERA in seven outings since, though he needed his offense
to bail him out in Sunday's no-decision versus the Reds. Gallardo allowed five
runs on seven hits and three walks over six innings.
The 27-year-old Gallardo is 11-9 this year with a 4.29 ERA in 29 starts.
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