Milwaukee (45-48) at St. Louis (60-32)

Partly Cloudy Currently: St. Louis, MO, US
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  • Game info: 8:10 pm EDT Tue Jul 19, 2005
  • TV: FSMW
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Jeff Suppan and the St. Louis Cardinals hope to continue their mastery of the visiting Milwaukee Brewers in the second game of a four-game series.

Suppan has had plenty of success against the Brewers during his career, going 9-2 with a 4.13 ERA in 13 appearances, including 12 starts. The right-hander has beaten the Brewers twice already this season, allowing two earned runs in 13 1-3 innings.

Suppan is 4-1 over his last five starts overall, and St. Louis is 6-1 against the Brewers this season, and 30-9 against NL Central opponents.

“I don’t make anything of it until the season is in the book,” Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. “The Milwaukee club, they’ve got a lot of live talent out there and they just came off beating Washington and Atlanta.”

Albert Pujols homered, singled, doubled and scored four times Monday, pacing the Cardinals’ 14-hit attack in an 11-4 victory over the Brewers.

Mark Grudzielanek had three hits and three RBIs and Abraham Nunez had two hits and three RBIs for the Cardinals, who are an NL-best 60-32 and have won 10 of 12.

Geoff Jenkins hit a two-run homer for Milwaukee, which had won five of its previous six games.

Carlos Lee singled twice and doubled in his first three at-bats after entering 0-for-23 against St. Louis this season.

Rookie Rickie Weeks hit an upper-deck solo homer in the ninth inning, but Milwaukee committed two early errors, both by Weeks, that led to two unearned runs, helping the Cardinals pull away.

“I’ve got to learn to slow down and let the game come to me,” said Weeks, who has committed eight errors in 33 games.

Weeks has made up for his defensive shortcomings at the plate. The rookie second baseman is hitting .266 with six home runs and seven stolen bases in 124 at-bats.

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D. Davis KC vs. J. Suppan SD
11-11 Record 16-10
3.84 ERA 3.57
208 K 114
93 BB 63
1.30 WHIP 1.38