Brewers 7, Cardinals 6
ST. LOUIS (AP)—Matt Morris wasn’t happy with his final tuneup for the playoffs.
Morris struggled and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-6 Thursday night to send the NL Central champions to their first four-game losing streak of the season. He’s the likely Game 1 starter next week despite an off-and-on season.
“Obviously this is not a good way, whether I’m starting the first game or not, to go into a postseason,” Morris said. “Hopefully, with my track record being good-bad, good-bad, I’ve got a good one coming.”
St. Louis (103-56), the winningest team in the major leagues this season, can do no better than tie the franchise record for victories, set in 1942. The Cardinals are 6-6 since clinching first place on Sept. 18.
Before Thursday, they had lost three in a row three times. They had been trying to become the first team in franchise history to avoid a losing streak of more than three games.
“It’s not a good time to be doing it,” Morris said. “We’re not playing on all cylinders right now, but we’re hoping to turn it around in the next couple of days.”
Morris (15-10) allowed six runs and seven hits in four innings. Starting on nine days’ rest after skipping a start due to fatigue, he came out after 72 pitches and dropped to 9-4 with a 3.69 ERA at home. Morris is 6-6 with a 6.02 ERA on the road.
The playoff opener will be at Busch Stadium next week.
Doug Davis (12-12) needed 123 pitches to get through six innings. Davis, who gave up two runs and seven hits, was 2-2 with a 2.18 ERA in September.
Davis had asked to be pushed back a day in order to face the Cardinals instead of Arizona.
“You can’t beat that lineup any way they put it together, and that’s why I wanted to pitch this game,” Davis said. “I chose to pitch in a playoff atmosphere. I wanted to pitch against a great team with a lot of talent.”
“I want to say we had them all the way, but I don’t want to lie,” manager Ned Yost said. “That was a perfect double-play ball to Ginter, but he got caught up in between.”
Ginter, 14-for-28 during a seven-game hitting streak, caught a break in the first when Matheny gloved but could not hold his foul pop in the stands. Ginter homered on the next pitch for a 4-0 lead.
Geoff Jenkins had an RBI double earlier in the first, and Podsednik’s 12th homer put the Brewers ahead 6-0. Podsednik singled in a run in the eighth.
St. Louis loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth but got only one run on Matheny’s fielder’s-choice grounder. Hector Luna and Edmonds, who pinch hit, both struck out.
Matheny has a career-high 49 RBIs. … Morris fell to 10-4 against the Brewers. … Davis was 0-for-2 with a sacrifice and is 1-for-64 (.016) at the plate this year. … Craig Counsell was 3-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base for the Brewers. … Tony Womack, who missed two games after getting hit by a pitch on his left hand on Monday, grounded out as a pinch hitter in the eighth.