On Wednesday, the Cardinals weren't as miserable as they generally have been in their latest losing streak, which has reached five. But, for the 19th time in 26 games, they failed to score more than three runs.
In fact, they failed to score any runs for right-hander Anthony Reyes (0-5). Reyes gave up only three hits, one on a bad hop, and fanned eight in six innings, but he walked four and was victimized by an error by right fielder Scott Spiezio.
The Cardinals haven't scored well for Reyes all year. They have put up only two runs while he has been in the game in his five starts.
"He was outstanding. He didn't deserve to lose," La Russa said.
The offense started and stopped with Albert Pujols, who had three of the Cardinals' five hits, all singles.
An umpire's ruling on a tag play at second base went against the Cardinals in the fourth inning and Milwaukee got a run, but that was only a blip on the radar screen.
The Brewers outscored the Cardinals 23-3 in the three-game series sweep.
BREWERS 4, CARDINALS 0: Right-hander Anthony Reyes lost for the fifth time in his five starts and has a six-game, regular-season losing streak over two seasons. The only real chance the Cardinals had came in the sixth inning when the Cardinals loaded the bases with one out. But Scott Spiezio struck out and Gary Bennett flied to deep left.
NOTES AND QUOTES
--3B Scott Rolen went hitless for the fourth consecutive game and is 0-for-16 overall.
--Before Thursday, the Cardinals hadn't been 7 1/2 games out of first place since 2001, when they rallied to gain the wild-card berth in the National League with a furious finish.
--1B Albert Pujols is 17-for-42 (.405) during an 11-game hitting streak.
--RHPs Ryan Franklin and Jason Isringhausen both worked Wednesday for the first time in six days. Franklin fanned the side in the seventh, and Isringhausen threw one pitch to get the last out in the eighth.
--After flying to Tupelo, Miss., to attend a memorial service for deceased RHP Josh Hancock, the Cardinals will play host to Houston and Colorado in a six-game homestand before taking a nine-game trip to San Diego, Los Angeles and Detroit.