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)
Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, the club revealed Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to August 14. In a corresponding roster move, right-handed reliever Ryan Brasier was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.
It’s an alarming development for the 30-year-old ace, who has been remarkably injury-free after dealing with a lingering case of shoulder inflammation last summer. While he hasn’t replicated the career-high results he delivered over the last two seasons, he still leads Red Sox pitchers with 3.6 fWAR and will head to the IL with a 6-11 record in 25 starts, a 4.40 ERA, 2.3 BB/9, and league-best 13.3 SO/9 through 147 1/3 innings. A timetable has not been given for his return, nor has the severity of his injury been disclosed. Per Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, Sale has been experiencing pain in his elbow since Wednesday and will undergo further evaluation in the days to come.
Brasier, 31, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in mid-July after pitching to mixed results in the majors. He currently holds a 4.46 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.0 SO/9 with the Red Sox, though his results in Triple-A — one run, one walk, and 13 strikeouts over 9 1/3 innings — suggest that he might be capable of even sharper results when he rejoins the big league club.