MILWAUKEE (AP) — Marco Gonzales and his fellow St. Louis relievers worked out of several jams in combining for six innings of one-run ball, and the Cardinals held off the slumping Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 Thursday night for their sixth straight win. The Cardinals moved to a season-high 14 games above .500 and extended their lead to four games in the NL Central over the Brewers, who lost their ninth straight.
St. Louis used the bullpen early after Michael Wacha was limited to three innings in his first start off the disabled list. Gonzales went 2 1-3 innings for the win. The Brewers stranded potential tying runs in scoring position from the sixth through the ninth. St. Louis never trailed after Yadier Molina’s two-run single in the first off Wily Peralta.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals activated Michael Wacha from the disabled list to start Thursday against the Milwaukee Brewers. The move was expected for the 23-year-old Wacha, who was on the disabled list since June 18 with a right shoulder stress reaction. He is 5-5 with a 2.79 ERA in 15 starts.
St. Louis also called up first baseman Xavier Scruggs from Triple-A Memphis. Scruggs, who was batting seventh Thursday, was hitting .286 with 21 home runs and 87 RBIs in the minors. The Cardinals moved outfielder Shane Robinson from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list.
St. Louis has won five straight to take a three-game lead in the NL Central over Milwaukee.