Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder putting on a show in Milwaukee

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The Brewers took a 8-5 lead on the Cardinals in the fifth inning of Sunday’s NLCS Game 1 on a two-run double from Ryan Braun and two-run homers from Prince Fielder and Yuniesky Betancourt.

Braun and Fielder had combined to drive in all six Brewers runs until Betancourt homered with Rickie Weeks on base.  Fielder’s shot, which gave Milwaukee a 6-5 lead, knocked Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia out of the game. Betancourt’s homer came off reliever Octavio Dotel.

The Brewers scored their six runs in the fifth before even one out was recorded.

Milwaukee’s offense picked up a shaky Zack Greinke. He’s allowed five runs through five innings, three of them coming on David Freese’s homer in the fourth.

Brewers-Pirates game postponed

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Wednesday night’s game at PNC Park between the Brewers and Pirates has been postponed, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. No makeup date has been announced yet. As Brink points out, the two clubs meet again in Pittsburgh September 21-23 and both have an off day on the 20th, so that could be a potential makeup date.

Brent Suter and Chad Kuhl were scheduled to square off on the mound. Their starts will likely be pushed back to Thursday. The Pirates will host the Diamondbacks and the Brewers will host the Cardinals.

The Cubs won on Wednesday afternoon, so the Brewers are tied with the Cubs for first place in the NL Central. The Pirates are seven games back in third place.