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Brewers finish sweep of Cardinals to move into first place

Jun 12, 2011, 5:58 PM EDT

Prince Fielder AP

Prince Fielder homered in the bottom of the sixth to give the Brewers their first lead of the day, and Milwaukee held on from there, winning 4-3 to complete a three-game sweep of the Cardinals.

With the victory, the Brewers moved a half-game up on St. Louis for first place in the NL Central.

Shaun Marcum was the winner in this one, staying in to pitch seven innings after originally giving the Cardinals a 3-0 lead.  The Brewers couldn’t touch Jake Westbrook until the bottom of the sixth, when they scored all four of their runs.

Kameron Loe and John Axford pitched scoreless innings after Marcum came out.

The Brewers moved into sole possession of first place in the NL Central for the first time since July 9, 2009.

Fielder’s homer was his eighth in 10 games and 19th overall.  He’s one behind Matt Kemp for the NL lead in homers.  He is tops with 58 RBI, with Kemp two back in second place.

The slumping Cardinals fell out of first place for the first time since May 19.  They were swept in Milwaukee for the first time since April 30-May 2, 2007.

The good news for them is that they’re about to get a couple of key players back.  Kyle McClellan (hip) will return from the disabled list to start Wednesday’s game against the Nationals, and Matt Holliday is expected to be activated on Thursday.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 12, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    Good for the Brewers. They went all in when they traded for Marcum and Greinke in the off season knowing that they might lose Fielder this upcoming winter. This is their chance to make the big show. As a Jays fan, I do not regret the Marcum trade. The Jays got Lawrie, who will be called up soon after his broken hand is healed. He should have a long and very productive career.

  2. metalhead65 - Jun 12, 2011 at 7:31 PM

    what the cardinals lost again?obviously the balls were to slick for their pitchers and the mound wasn’t up to standard and their pitchers were putting something on the ball right? oh wait those are excuses when you play the reds so what ones are you going to come up with now that you lost to the brewers? don’t worry I am sure the whiny bitches will come up with something.

  3. mvpolamalu - Jun 12, 2011 at 8:09 PM

    I’ve always been puzzled by why the brewers haven’t been winning. Weeks, hart, Braun, and fielder. They haven’t had greinke for long, but they have had gallardo. I guess it all came together this year

  4. orangeflh - Jun 12, 2011 at 8:39 PM

    Believe it or not, Tony LaDoucha never even left the dugout today.

  5. thefalcon123 - Jun 13, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    The Brewers have learned to pitch. F**k! The scary part is, Greinke’s 4.69 ERA in now way matches his 8/1 K/BB ratio and will certainly be dropping considerably.

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