Scooter Gennett drove in three runs and Mike Fiers pitched into the seventh inning to lead Milwaukee past St. Louis 6-2 Friday night, snapping the Brewers' nine-game losing streak and trimming the Cardinals' lead in the NL Central to three games.
Fiers (5-2) gave up two runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings, improving to 5-1 in six starts since being called up from Triple-A Nashville on Aug. 9 and giving him half of the Brewers' 10 wins in 28 games since then. He struck out five and walked one.
Milwaukee moved one game ahead of Atlanta for the NL's second wild-card spot. The Braves lost 11-3 at Miami.
Cardinals starter John Lackey (2-2) gave up all six runs and nine hits in six innings as St. Louis snapped a six-game winning streak.
The Brewers took a 2-0 lead in the third on Gennett's two-run single. Milwaukee doubled the lead in the fifth on Gennett's RBI double and Jonathan Lucroy's run-scoring single.
St. Louis added a run in the seventh on a double by Peter Bourjos and a two-out pinch-hit infield single by Oscar Tavares that deflected off the glove of first baseman Overbay.
REALLY SMALL BALL
Brewers shortstop Jean Segura had three hits — all infield singles.
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
Scooter Gennett stole second with one out in the third, but Cardinals manager Mike Matheny challenged the call, which was overturned after a review that lasted an estimated 52 seconds.
Brewers: CF Carlos Gomez, expected to miss a week a more with a sprained left wrist, is progressing faster than anticipated. Gomez, who has not started the last five games since injuring his wrist on a swing against San Francisco on Sunday. He took light batting practice in the cage before Friday's game, although he did not swing all-out. "Tomorrow's supposed out to be BP with the guys, so pretty good news," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. Gomez, who pinch ran Thursday, went into center field in the ninth inning on Friday as a defensive replacement.
Cardinals: Lance Lynn (14-8, 2.85 ERA) is 3-1 with a 1.85 ERA in six games at Miller Park, including five starts. With a win, he will join Max Scherzer as the only two pitchers with 15 victories in each of the last three seasons.
Brewers: Kyle Lohse (12-8, 3.68 ERA) gave up seven runs on nine hits in 5 2-3 innings in his last start, a 15-5 loss to San Francisco. In two starts this season against St. Louis, Lohse is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA, allowing 10 earned runs in 10 innings.
Link to box score: Milwaukee (74-67) 6, St. Louis (76-64) 2
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