The Brewers led the National League Central for 159 straight days, but they could fall all the way back to third place by dinner time on Sunday evening.
Lance Lynn did a fine job of damage control for six innings and Matt Adams and Oscar Taveras both homered off Kyle Lohse as the Cardinals took down host Milwaukee 5-3 on Saturday night at Miller Park, moving to four games up in the division standings.
It was the seventh win in eight games for St. Louis and the 10th loss in 11 games for the Brew Crew.
Adam Wainwright and Jimmy Nelson will match up in the finale of this crucial four-game set.
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Your recaps and box scores from Saturday …
Orioles 2, Rays 3
Pirates 5, Cubs 0
Giants 5, Tigers 4
Royals 2, Yankees 6
Astros 3, Athletics 4
Phillies 3, Nationals 1
Mets 1, Reds 2
White Sox 1, Indians 3
Cardinals 5, Brewers 3
Angels 8, Twins 5
Braves 4, Marlins 3 (10 innings)
Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 4
Diamondbacks 2, Dodgers 5
Mariners 4, Rangers 2
Padres 6, Rockies 7 (12 innings)
WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.
He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.
Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.
The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.
Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.