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)
The Tigers and free agent catcher Austin Romine have agreed to a one-year contract, Chris McCosky of the Detroit News reports. WFAN’s Sweeny Murti specifies that the deal is for $4.1 million.
Romine, 31, has been in the league for eight seasons, all with the Yankees. Across 1,116 trips to the plate, he has hit .239/.281/.366. However, Romine is well-regarded for his defense and game-calling abilities.
Romine will slot in as the full-time catcher for the rebuilding Tigers. They’ll have Jake Rogers and Grayson Greiner behind him.