Not only did he have an 11-2 record against the Brewers, but he was facing them in Miller Park, where he had a 5-0 record and had allowed only five runs in those five games, four on solo homers.
The Cardinals offense did its part, providing more than sufficient backing with seven runs while Suppan was in the game. But pitching coach Dave Duncan said, "It just goes to show you ... there are no sure things."
Suppan allowed three solo home runs and walked five in four innings as he got a no-decision. The Cardinals bullpen worked five scoreless innings, giving up just one hit, in a 7-5 win.
Josh Hancock gained credit for his second victory in three days.
Jason Isringhausen racked up a couple of significant numbers. His 20th save marked the seventh consecutive year (five with the Cardinals) he had attained that level and, for his Cardinals career, the save was No. 160, tying the club record set by Lee Smith.
Cardinals relievers pitched 13 innings in the series, matching the 13 innings -- with 12 walks -- worked by the starters, a statistical quirk that generally is not conducive to teams winning series. But the Cardinals not only regained first place in the National League Central Division but left town with a 1 1/2 game lead before an off day more welcomed than anticipated in Pittsburgh on Monday.
REPLAY: Jim Edmonds doubled twice in the first three innings, driving in two runs the first time and setting up a run the next time, helping the Cardinals top the Brewers 7-5 Sunday.
Both the Cardinals and Brewers scored in each of the first four innings. Neither scored in the final five, and neither team had a hit in the last four innings.
--LHP Tyler Johnson finally lost his no-hitter Sunday. After the rookie reliever had retired the first 18 left-handed hitters to face him in official at-bats this season, he allowed a bloop single in the fifth inning to Milwaukee 3B Corey Koskie.
--LF John Rodriguez was pulled from the game after the fourth inning when he missed on a diving try, turning a one-run single into a two-run triple. But he wasn't yanked because manager Tony La Russa, not enthralled with some of the left field play lately, was mad at him. Rodriguez had jammed his right wrist and was replaced for precautionary reasons, trainer Barry Weinberg said.
--INF Hector Luna, who had five hits in the first two games of the series, made a rare start at second base against a right-handed pitcher. Luna, a career .362 hitter at Miller Park, was 1-for-4 Sunday.
--2B Aaron Miles, who didn't start Sunday, has had only two extra-base hits and two RBIs since April. He is 5 for his last 32 (.156).
--OF/1B Jim Edmonds played a second consecutive complete game in center field after working at first base recently as he protected a strain in his abdominal wall.
--3B Scott Rolen had his career-high-tying hitting streak snapped at 14 games although he walked twice and hit a sacrifice fly.
BY THE NUMBERS: 1934, 1982 -- The last two times the Cardinals won the World Series in a World Cup year. On both occasions, the World Cup winners were the Italians. "I have no trouble rooting for them," joked manager Tony La Russa.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I feel like I'm going psycho." -- INF/OF Scott Spiezio, on the difficulty he had shaking a virus.