Final

Series: Game 3 of 4

St. Louis leads 2-1 (as of 9/6)

Game 1: Thursday, September 4
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Game 2: Friday, September 5
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Game 3: Saturday, September 6
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Game 4: Sunday, September 7
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Cardinals 5

(78-64, 34-36 away)

Brewers 3

(74-68, 37-33 home)

    7:10 PM ET, September 6, 2014

    Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

    123456789 R H E
    STL 200300000 5 4 3
    MIL 200001000 3 7 0

    W: L. Lynn (15-8)

    L: K. Lohse (12-9)

    S: T. Rosenthal (43)

    Cardinals-Brewers Preview

    STATS LLC

    Lance Lynn dominates the Milwaukee Brewers on the road, and the St. Louis Cardinals would certainly appreciate another such effort.

    With the NL Central-leading Cardinals looking for a bounce-back performance, Lynn attempts to join Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers as the only active pitchers to post three straight 15-win seasons Saturday night.

    Lynn (14-8, 2.85 ERA) is 4-1 with a 1.72 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings in nine games -- five starts -- at Milwaukee, including three relief appearances in the 2011 NL championship series.

    He fanned 11 Brewers while scattering three hits in seven innings of a 4-0 win in his most recent visit to Miller Park on April 14.

    The right-hander's success hasn't been limited to Milwaukee of late, going 6-2 with a 2.08 ERA in 11 starts. However, he's allowed five runs in 12 innings while not getting a decision in each of his last two games as St. Louis split those games against Pittsburgh.

    Lynn got in trouble early against the Pirates on Monday, allowing three runs in the first two innings before the offense got him off the hook by rallying for a 5-4 victory.

    The bats didn't look capable of a similar performance Friday, going 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position while falling 6-2 to the Brewers, ending St. Louis' six-game winning streak.

    Still, the Cardinals hold a three-game lead over second-place Milwaukee.

    The Brewers, who lead Atlanta by one game for the NL's second wild-card spot, are trying to regain their momentum after snapping a costly nine-game slide that knocked them from atop the Central.

    "All those losses in a row, we didn't play well, but I think we've turned it around and are playing some good baseball right now," said Mike Fiers, Friday's pitcher of record. "We're hitting the ball, we're pitching. It's only a matter of time before it turns around for us."

    Scooter Gennett did hit part Friday, doubling on one of his two hits while driving in three runs. The second baseman was 4 for 29 with two RBIs over the previous nine games, but could be in for another solid offensive display since he's 5 for 11 (.455) with two doubles versus Lynn.

    The Brewers are turning to Kyle Lohse (12-8, 3.68), who is 1-4 with a 6.09 ERA in six starts over the past two years against the Cardinals after spending five in their rotation.

    The right-hander was hammered by his former club Aug. 2, matching his career high by surrendering nine runs and two homers in four-plus innings of a 9-7 defeat at St. Louis.

    That's part of Lohse's six-start stretch in which he's gone 1-4 with a 6.46 ERA while opponents have batted .322. He was roughed up for seven runs Sunday and pulled with two outs in the sixth of a 15-5 defeat at San Francisco.

    "I'll just make it simple for you: It was terrible execution," Lohse told MLB's official website.

    That's certainly true when Lohse faces Yadier Molina, who is 11 for 19 with three homers and three doubles against him.

    The six-time All-Star catcher has three hits in this series and is 9 for 28 (.321) in seven games. He's batting .389 in 14 contests in Milwaukee, including six hits in 15 at-bats in four games this year.

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    Gameday Matchup

     St. LouisMilwaukee
    W-L85-6879-74
    Night53-4551-48
    Grass82-6678-70
    Current StreakW2L2
    Last 106-45-5

    Pitching Matchup

    St. LouisMilwaukee
    L. Lynn
    15-9, 2.68 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/16 vs MIL
    7.0 IP, 1 ER
    Dec = ND
    K. Lohse
    12-9, 3.71 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/18 at STL
    7.1 IP, 1 ER
    Dec = ND

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.St. LouisMilwaukee
    1. M. Carpenter, 3B S. Gennett, 2B
    2. J. Jay, LF G. Parra, CF
    3. M. Holliday, LF R. Braun, RF
    4. M. Adams, 1B A. Ramirez, 3B
    5. J. Peralta, SS J. Lucroy, C
    6. Y. Molina, C K. Davis, LF
    7. K. Wong, 2B L. Overbay, 1B
    8. O. Taveras, RF J. Segura, SS
    9. L. Lynn, P K. Lohse, P