Hiura, Lyles help Brew­ers stop Cards’ 6-game win streak NL Cen­tral Stand­ings

The Saline Courier - - NEWS - By Tom Kertscher AP Writer

MIL­WAU­KEE — The Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers’ chances of re­peat­ing as NL Cen­tral cham­pi­ons might have looked bleak had they been swept by the St. Louis Car­di­nals.

Thanks to Ke­ston Hiura and Jor­dan Lyles, they bounced back.

Hiura home­red and drove in three runs, Lyles turned in another strong start and Mil­wau­kee snapped St. Louis’ six-game win­ning streak with a 4-1 vic­tory Wed­nes­day.

The Car­di­nals had won 15 of 18, in­clud­ing two at Miller Park this week in match­ing their long­est win­ning string of the sea­son.

The Brew­ers ended a three-game skid. Third in the divi­sion, they trail the Car­di­nals by 5 1/2 games.

“We needed a win,” Brew­ers man­ager Craig Coun­sell said. “We played a nice game, but we would have taken any kind of win.”

Mil­wau­kee got off to a fast start against Jack Fla­herty (8-7), who had given up a to­tal of just one run in his pre­vi­ous five starts.

Trent Gr­isham led off the first in­ning with a sin­gle, went to third on a throw­ing er­ror by sec­ond base­man Kolten Wong and scored on a ground­out by Hiura. Mil­wau­kee made it 2-0 in the sec­ond when Ryan Braun dou­bled and later scored on Or­lando Ar­cia’s sac­ri­fice fly.

Hiura hit a solo home run in the fourth, send­ing a 3-0 fast­ball from Fla­herty into the left-field seats. Hiura added an RBI dou­ble in the eighth.

“It was big. Sal­vage the se­ries, get the last win, and take it into the off-day,”

Hiura said.

Lyles (9-8), ac­quired Team Car­di­nals Brew­ers Reds Pi­rates W-L 73-59 71-61 68-65 63-69 56-77

from Pitts­burgh in a trade on July 29, set the tone for Mil­wau­kee. The right-han­der, who had held Ari­zona hit­less in a six-in­ning out­ing in his last start, struck out five of the first seven Car­di­nals he faced. He fanned nine in 5 1/3 in­nings.

Ju­nior Guerra re­lieved Lyles in the sixth with two on and got Yadier Molina to hit into a dou­ble-play. Josh Hader struck out three in two score­less in­nings to earn his 26th save. GB

Cubs

2.0 5.5 10.0 17.5 L10 8-2 7-3 4-6 5-5 5-5

Molina hit two sin­gles and went 7 for 11 in the se­ries. He home­red three times in the first two games — the veteran catcher has just seven home runs this sea­son.

“We can’t ig­nore the fact that that’s a lot of games in a row and we played re­ally well the whole stretch,” said Car­di­nals man­ager Mike Shildt, not­ing his team had played 16 games in a row with­out a day off. “This group likes to play, though. This group will play in a back field or a park­ing lot, if that’s where you tell us to play.”

Wong hit his 10th homer, con­nect­ing in the sixth off Lyles. He also dou­bled and sin­gled.

“To ex­pect a sweep at this level is tough,” Wong said. “Get­ting them is amaz­ing, but win­ning se­ries, that’s the No. 1 goal.”

Chris­tian Yelich sin­gled and walked in four plate ap­pear­ances. The reign­ing NL MVP hasn’t hit a home run in 10 games, his long­est drought of the sea­son for Mil­wau­kee.

TRAINER’S TA­BLE Car­di­nals: Wong re­turned to the start­ing lineup. He had not started for three games after foul­ing a ball of his right big toe Satur­day. “You get your toe­nail drilled to re­lease blood, that can’t feel real great,” Shildt said. “I ap­pre­ci­ate and re­spect, and it is very im­por­tant, his men­tal­ity to want to stay and get back to com­pe­ti­tion.”

Brew­ers: 3B Mike Mous­takas said there is no timetable for his re­turn. He has been out since leav­ing Mon­day’s game in the third in­ning with pain in his left palm and wrist after be­ing struck by hard-hit ground­ball.

UP NEXT

Car­di­nals: A three-day, four-game se­ries against the Reds starts Fri­day in St. Louis. Car­di­nals

RHP Dakota Hud­son (136, 3.47 ERA) faces Reds

RHP Trevor Bauer (10-11, 4.34 ERA) in the opener. Satur­day fea­tures a daynight dou­ble-header.

Brew­ers: A three-game se­ries against the Cubs in Chicago be­gins Fri­day. Brew­ers RHP Chase An­der­son (6-3, 4.34 ERA) faces Cubs LHP José Quin­tana (11-8, 4.05 ERA).

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