This is not the way the St. Louis Cardinals want to enter the postseason.
Owners of the best record in baseball, the Cardinals will try to end their first four-game losing streak of the year when they continue a regular season-ending four-game set with the visiting Milwaukee Brewers.
The Cardinals dropped the series opener 7-6, and have gone 6-6 since clinching the NL Central on Sept. 18.
“We’re not playing on all cylinders right now, but we’re hoping to turn it around in the next couple of days,” said right-hander Matt Morris.
With little else to shoot for down the stretch, St. Louis can tie the club record for victories (106), set by the 1942 club, by winning its last three.
Mike Matheny drove in three runs for St. Louis, giving him a career-high 49 RBIs.
Albert Pujols went 2-for-5 with an RBI. He is hitting just .234 (11-for-47), but has three homers and 12 RBIs against the Brewers this season.
The Brewers won back-to-back games for the first time since Sept. 3-4, when they took two from Cincinnati.
Ginter is batting .483 (14-for-29) during a seven-game hitting streak with four homers and 10 RBIs.