Yadier Molina singled twice to reach 2,000 career hits and the St. Louis Cardinals began a five-game series between playoff contenders by beating the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 Thursday night. Rookie Dylan Carlson homered, doubled and drove in three runs as the Cardinals (28-26) kept their slim lead over Cincinnati (29-28) for second place in the NL Central. Milwaukee (27-29) missed a chance to move up in the wild-card standings.
No, it most certainly wasn't the way the Milwaukee Brewers envisioned – or needed – the opening game of their crucial five-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals to go. They're going to need to be nearly flawless the rest of the way as a result after dropping a 4-2 decision that left them with three losses in their last four games against the two teams immediately ahead of them in the Central Division standings.
Jon Berti rips a ground-ball double down the left-field line to drive in two runs and increase the Marlins' lead to 3-0 in the 6th inning