St. Louis (35-32) at Milwaukee (27-40)

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  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Mon Jun 16, 2003
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The St. Louis Cardinals hope to regroup offensively against one of the National League’s most generous pitching staffs when they open a four-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Cardinals were swept by the New York Yankees over the weekend, capped by Sunday’s 5-2 defeat. They were outscored 23-8 in the series, losing for the fourth time in five games after winning seven of their previous eight.

Albert Pujols, the major league leader with a .379 batting average, homered for St. Louis on Sunday. The 2001 NL Rookie of the Year is batting .468 (29-for-62) over his last 16 games with four homers, nine doubles and 15 RBIs.

The Cardinals have won 11 of the last 13 meetings with the Brewers, including a three-game sweep at Miller Park to open the season.

The Brewers have allowed a major league-high 96 homers and their 363 runs surrendered rank fourth-most in the NL.

Milwaukee has lost six of eight following Sunday’s 5-4 loss in Baltimore.

Geoff Jenkins drove in two runs and Brooks Kieschnick homered for the Brewers, who had won a season-high four in a row before this stretch.

Jenkins is 5-for-8 in his last two games with four RBIs.

STANDINGS: Cardinals - 3rd place, 2 GB, NL Central. Brewers - 6th place, 10 GB, NL Central.

CARDINALS PROBABLE STARTER: Kiko Calero (1-1, 3.14 ERA). Calero makes his first major league start after 21 relief appearances this season. The rookie right-hander takes the rotation spot of Brett Tomko, who was used in Saturday’s rain-delayed 13-4 loss to the Yankees after starter Matt Morris’ first-inning departure. He has made two appearances against Milwaukee, pitching one scoreless inning.

BREWERS PROBABLE STARTER: Wayne Franklin (3-5, 5.27 ERA). Franklin comes in off a 6-5 home loss to Florida on Wednesday during which he gave up four earned runs, five walks and six hits over 4 2-3 innings. The Brewers had won in his previous five starts, with the left-hander going 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA over that span. In seven games, including three starts, against the Cardinals, Franklin is 0-2 with a 7.11 ERA. He last faced St. Louis in a 15-2 home loss on April 16, giving up nine earned runs and eight hits over 3 2-3 innings.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Cardinals - Pujols, .379 avg., 55 RBIs and 56 runs; Pujols and Jim Edmonds, 18 HRs; Edgar Renteria, 12 SBs. Brewers - Jenkins, .272 avg.; Richie Sexson, 21 HRs, 47 RBIs and 48 runs; Eric Young, 16 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Cardinals, 5-1.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Cardinals - 3B Scott Rolen, bothered by stiffness in his neck and back recently, left Sunday’s game in the seventh inning. He was expected to play Monday. … CF Edmonds was a late scratch from the lineup Sunday because of a stomach illness. He pinch-hit in the ninth and made the game’s final out. … 1B Tino Martinez went 3-for-10 with two homers and five RBIs in the last three games against his former team. Brewers - The Brewers have been outscored by the Cardinals 47-26 in six games this season. … 1B Sexson has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games. … CF Scott Podsednik is batting .362 (17-for-47) over his last 11 games.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Cardinals - 13-20 on the road; Brewers - 12-23 at home.

INJURIES: Cardinals - C Steve Torrealba (elbow), 15-day DL; C Chris Widger (thumb), 15-day DL; 2B Fernando Vina (hamstring), 15-day DL; OF Eli Marrero (ankle), 15-day DL; LHP Lance Painter (pelvis), 15-day DL; RHP Russ Springer (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Chris Carpenter (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Gene Stechschulte (shoulder), 60-day DL. Brewers - RHP Nick Neugebauer (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Todd Ritchie (shoulder), 15-day DL.

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Starting Pitchers

K. Calero LAD vs. W. Franklin KC
1-1 Record 10-13
2.82 ERA 5.50
51 K 116
20 BB 94
1.28 WHIP 1.52