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Cards swept out of first by Brewers

– 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.

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