Brewers cool off Cards
ST. LOUIS—Milwaukee Brewers’ rookie Tyler Thornburg found himself in the middle of a pennant race last night—even though it only was in a spoiler role.
“You always want to try and make it as tough for those teams who have something to play for,” he reasoned.
Sean Halton homered for Milwaukee, which snapped the Cardinals’ five-game winning streak.
With the loss, St. Louis fell into a tie with Pittsburgh for the top spot in the NL Central. Both teams are 85-61 with 16 games to go.
The idle Cincinnati Reds are 2.5 back.
Milwaukee broke a three-game losing streak against St. Louis and beat the Cardinals for only the fourth time in 16 meetings this season.
“It’s important to beat these guys. They’ve been taking it to us pretty good,” noted Brewers’ manager Ron Roenicke.
Thornburg (2-1), making his eighth career start, gave up two runs and three hits.
He spent most of the season with ‘AAA’ Nashville, going 0-9 with a 5.79 ERA in 15 starts.
“I thought I threw the ball pretty well,” Thornburg said. “I was locating my fastball pretty well.
“Everything felt good.”
St. Louis outfielder Carlos Beltran was impressed with the right-hander.
“The first couple of at-bats, you’re kind of like wondering, watching what he’s trying to do,” he noted.
“We just couldn’t do anything against him.”
Halton, who had three RBIs, hit a two-run homer off Joe Kelly (8-4) in the fourth to put the Brewers up 4-0.
He also had a run-scoring single in the second.
The round-tripper was the biggest hit of the season for Halton—a rookie starting his 15th game.
“This is as good as it gets for a guy like me,” he enthused.
“Getting called up in September, that’s all you can ask for is to be a factor.”
Like Thornburg, Halton loves the spoiler role.
“We’re in a [pennant] race all right—a race to knock someone else out,” he said.
Elsewhere in the NL, Washington dumped New York 7-2, Atlanta beat Miami 6-1, Pittsburgh downed Chicago 3-1, Philadelphia doubled San Diego 10-5, and L.A. edged San Francisco 3-2 (10 innings).