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Brewers drop 9th straight, lose 3-2 to Cardinals

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 5, 2014 at 12:29 am •  Published: September 5, 2014

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Logan Schafer thought his high, hard liner to deep center would land safely for a hit.

Peter Bourjos had other plans.

St. Louis' fleet-footed outfielder tracked down Schafer's drive near the wall in the eighth with the potential tying run at second, and six Cardinals relievers combined for six innings of one-run ball in a 3-2 win Thursday night to hand the Milwaukee Brewers their ninth straight loss.

The eighth inning exemplified the recent difficult stretch for the Brewers.

"We were in it the whole time," Schafer said. "Again, we're just waiting for that big hit."

It better come soon.

The Cardinals moved a season-high 14 games above .500 and extended their lead to four games in the NL Central over the Brewers.

St. Louis used the bullpen early after Michael Wacha was limited to three innings in his first start off the disabled list. Marco Gonzales (2-2) went 2 1-3 innings for the win.

The Brewers stranded potential tying runs in scoring position from the sixth through the ninth.

"The bullpen came in there and shut the door for those last six innings," Wacha said. "That was fun to watch."

St. Louis never trailed after Yadier Molina's two-run single in the first off Wily Peralta (15-10).

Still, the Brewers had numerous chances to snap out of their funk.

Seth Maness got the Cardinals out of the sixth by inducing Schafer to fly out in foul territory with a runner on third. Carlos Martinez got third-place hitter Jonathan Lucroy to pop out to end the seventh with another runner on third.

In the eighth, the Brewers put runners on first and second with nobody out against Pat Neshek. The side-arming right-hander bounced back by getting Martin Maldonado to pop up a bunt before Schafer's fly was corralled by Bourjos for the second out.

Jean Segura sent a flare to left fielder Matt Holliday, ending the threat.

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke at least liked the fight he saw in his club.

"We hit a lot of balls hard. Either they made a really good play on it or we hit it right at 'em," Roenicke said.

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