MILWAUKEE – The St. Louis Cardinals were quickly trying to put their lost weekend in Milwaukee behind them.
Prince Fielder’s go-ahead homer in the sixth rallied Milwaukee to a 4-3 victory over St. Louis on Sunday as the Brewers knocked the Cardinals out of first place in the NL Central with a three-game sweep.
I don’t want to be melodramatic. This is June and we have to be ready for Washington on Tuesday, Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa said. We came in here to win a series and they outmanaged us and outplayed us.
The loss dropped the Cardinals out of first place in the NL Central for the first time since mid-May as St. Louis lost for the fourth time in the last five games.
Fielder’s 19th home run chased Jake Westbrook (6-4), who carried a shutout into the sixth.
Westbrook cruised through the first five innings, giving up no runs and four hits. But entering the sixth inning with a 3-0 lead, the first four batters reached base, highlighted by Fielder’s 440-foot two-run blast into the right field bleachers.
Westbrook said he felt good, but left several pitches up in the inning. He said the pitch to Fielder was down and in, a place where Fielder likes to swing at pitches.
Milwaukee starter Shaun Marcum (7-2) won for the first time since May 21, a span of three starts that included a loss and then consecutive no decisions.
GIANTS 4, REDS 2: Aubrey Huff had three hits and two RBI and host San Francisco rallied from two runs down to top Cincinnati. Nate Schierholtz delivered the go-ahead sacrifice fly off reliever Jose Arredondo during a two-run seventh inning that helped the Giants earn a four-game series split.
BRAVES 4, ASTROS 1: In Houston, Tommy Hanson struck out a career-high 14 in seven innings, Brian McCann and Dan Uggla hit two-run homers and Atlanta posted its sixth straight win. Hanson gave up one run and three hits.
DIAMONDBACKS 5, MARLINS 1: Daniel Hudson gave up one run in six-plus innings and Stephen Drew had three hits and two RBI to lead Arizona at Miami. The Marlins lost for the 10th time in 11 games.
METS 7, PIRATES 0: Chris Capuano pitched seven innings and Jose Reyes homered to lead New York in Pittsburgh. Capuano (5-6) gave up three hits and two walks with five strikeouts to win consecutive starts for the first time since April 2007.
DODGERS 10, ROCKIES 8: In Denver, James Loney hit his second career grand slam and hard-throwing Los Angeles rookie Rubby De La Rosa pitched five effective innings before exiting with a forearm cramp. Matt Kemp hit his NL-leading 20th homer and Rod Barajas added another as the Dodgers concluded their 10-game road swing with a 5-5 mark.
NATIONALS 2, PADRES 0: Danny Espinosa hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to lift Washington in San Diego. Espinosa got robbed of an extra-base hit when right fielder Chris Denorfia made a leaping catch against the short right-field porch.