Brewers Lose to Cardinals, NL Central Lead Down to Half Game

The Brewers' NL Central lead is almost gone.

Ryan Ludwick's bases-loaded walk broke an eighth-inning tie and Albert Pujols followed with a three-run double as the Cardinals beat the Brewers 9-5 this afternoon.

That means Milwaukee leads the Chicago Cubs by half a game. Last month the Brewers led by 8.5 games.

Saint Louis closed to 5-4 in a four-run fifth inning, then scored five in the eighth against Derrick Turnbow and Carlos Villanueva.

Turnbow took the loss, falling to 2-4.

Scott Rolen tied the score with his 1,000 career R-B-I.

The Cardinals' Ryan Franklin pitched one-plus scoreless innings for the win, improving to 4-0.


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