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Sport Cardinals, Brewers split doubleheader amid playoff chase

10:45  26 september  2020
10:45  26 september  2020 Source:   ap.org

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a group of baseball players standing on top of a field: Members of the Milwaukee Brewers including Luis Urias (2) and Christian Yelich, second from left, celebrate a 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in the first game of a baseball doubleheader Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) © APWF Members of the Milwaukee Brewers including Luis Urias (2) and Christian Yelich, second from left, celebrate a 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in the first game of a baseball doubleheader Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ST. LOUIS (AP) Daniel Ponce de Leon pitched one-hit ball over six innings, Tommy Edman hit a two-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-1 to split their pivotal doubleheader Friday night.

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The Brewers are playing the Cardinals 10 times over their last 16 games. Milwaukee was supposed to open its home schedule against St. Louis on July The Cardinals activated Kim to start the first game of the doubleheader and recalled right-hander Daniel Ponce de Leon to start Monday's second game.

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In the opener, Christian Yelich homered and Brent Suter combined with Devin Williams and Josh Hader on a five-hitter for the Brewers in a 3-0 win.

Both teams are among five NL clubs still vying for two open postseason spots. Milwaukee is two games behind St. Louis, and the Cardinals are percentage points behind Cincinnati for second place in the NL Central. The Reds clinched a playoff berth later Friday.

The top two teams in each division advance to the playoffs. The Brewers, Cardinals and Reds are also in contention for the two NL wild cards up for grabs as they finish the season with this five-game series.

''I would have liked to have swept the doubleheader for sure,'' St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said. ''It was a good baseball game in the first game and we handled our business in the second game.''

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Ponce de Leon (1-3) faced one over the minimum, surrendering a walk to No. 9 hitter Jacob Nottingham in the third, before Orlando Arica hit his fifth homer of the season to straightaway center. Ponce de Leon surrendered his second walk with two outs before finishing his outing by getting Ryon Healy to fly to right field.

Ponce de Leon struck out six as he earned his first Major League win in 20 starts.

''Nobody ever thinks they're never going to get a win,'' said Ponce de Leon, who is in his third season with the Cardinals. ''There's nothing you can do. You win some, you lose some. Or you lose a lot in a row.

''But the team's always got my back and they put up 100 today; it felt like it.''

Dylan Carlson and Matt Wieters each drove in two to back him.

Josh Lindblom (2-4) has lost four of his past five decisions. He allowed three runs and four hits in 2 1/3 innings. He also struck out two and walked one.

The Cardinals broke it open in the fifth, sending 10 batters to the plate. Kolten Wong led off with a single and scored on Edman's fifth homer of the season, a shot to right field. Carlson doubled to score two and two more came in on Wieters' single.

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Anderson is coming off a no-decision Friday night in the Brewers ' 10-8 home loss to Atlanta, allowing four runs off four hits and three walks in six innings with two strikeouts. While Anderson has pitched well in his career against the Cardinals , he's yet to score a win in six starts.

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a pitcher throwing a ball on a baseball field: Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Josh Hader throws during the seventh inning in the first game of a baseball doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) © APWF Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Josh Hader throws during the seventh inning in the first game of a baseball doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

St. Louis took a 3-0 lead in the second on a wild pitch that brought in Paul De Jong and an RBI triple from Wong. Edman scored on Matt Carpenter's double in the first.

''Coming out hot with the bats, especially after our performance in Game 1, was huge for us,'' Edman said. ''We just built on that momentum throughout the game, and Ponce was great for us.''

In the opener, Yelich's 12th home run of the season in the third gave Milwaukee a 3-0 lead. It came three pitches after Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty (4-3) crumpled to the ground during his delivery of an 0-2 pitch. Flaherty sat for about a minute, sometimes grimacing in pain, before resuming.

a baseball player standing next to a base on a field: Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia takes up his position during the third inning in the first game of a baseball doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) © APWF Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia takes up his position during the third inning in the first game of a baseball doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

He lasted five innings, giving up three runs on five hits. He also struck out five and walked four.

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Suter pitched two-hit ball over four innings, Williams (2-0) solidified his Rookie of the Year resume with two tidy innings and Hader came on for his 12th save in 14 tries.

The left-handed Suter struck out four and walked one in his longest outing of the year.

''It was a big win. We need a couple more this weekend to stay alive,'' he said.

The Brewers scored twice in the second. Eric Sogard's single scored Daniel Vogelbach, and Keston Hiura came in on Arcia's groundout to third.

TOPSY TURVY

The Brewers were slated to serve as the home team in the opener of the doubleheader but instead did so in the nightcap.

TRAINER'S ROOM

a group of baseball players standing on top of a field: Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich, right, smiles as he looks back at St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, right, after hitting a solo home run during the third inning in the first game of a baseball doubleheader Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) © APWF Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich, right, smiles as he looks back at St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, right, after hitting a solo home run during the third inning in the first game of a baseball doubleheader Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Brewers: RHP Corbin Burnes was placed on the 10-day injury list with a left oblique strain. He left Thursday's game after pitching 3 2/3 innings during which he gave up three runs and six hits in a 4-2 loss to St. Louis. INF Healy was recalled from the Brewers alternate training site to take the roster spot.

a batter catcher and umpire during a baseball game: Milwaukee Brewers' Keston Hiura (18) scores past St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina during the second inning in the first game of a baseball doubleheader Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) © APWF Milwaukee Brewers' Keston Hiura (18) scores past St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina during the second inning in the first game of a baseball doubleheader Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Cardinals: RHP John Gant faced one batter in relief of Flaherty, throwing five pitches and giving up a single to Hiura, before leaving with right groin tightness. St. Louis placed him on the 10-Day Injured List after the game and recalled RHP Nabil Crismatt.

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a baseball player is getting ready to pitch the ball: Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Brent Suter throws during the second inning in the first game of a baseball doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) © APWF Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Brent Suter throws during the second inning in the first game of a baseball doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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Brewers: RHP Brandon Woodruff (2-5, 3.43) is going after his first win since Aug. 25. He is 0-3 in his past five starts, including dropping a 4-2 decision Sept. 16 against St. Louis when he pitched all seven innings in the opener of a doubleheader.

a baseball player throwing a ball: St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty throws during the first inning in the first game of a baseball doubleheader against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) © APWF St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty throws during the first inning in the first game of a baseball doubleheader against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Cardinals: RHP Adam Wainwright (5-2, 3.05) has lost two of his past three decisions after starting the season 4-0. His last win came against Milwaukee on Sept. 16 during which he went the distance in the first game of a doubleheader.

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