ST. LOUIS (AP) — Josh Hader escaped a ninth-inning jam in his 37th straight scoreless appearance and the Milwaukee Brewers held off the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 Thursday night for their third straight win.
Tyrone Taylor threw a run for the seventh straight game and Luis Urías homered as leaders NL Central increased their advantage over the second-placed Cardinals to 4½ games.
Milwaukee first baseman Rowdy Tellez assisted with his glove, going to catch five foul balls for the outs. Overall, Brewers outfielders caught seven fouls.
Paul Goldschmidt homered and extended his hitting streak to 17 games for the Cardinals.
Hader, activated from the family medical emergency roster earlier in the day, earned his 16th stoppage in 16 tries this season. He gave up a first single to Tommy Edman in the ninth and a one-out walk to Nolan Arenado before retiring Albert Pujols on a faulty popup and Juan Yepez on a popout.
This was Hader’s 30th consecutive backup conversion. He hasn’t allowed a race since last July.
Eric Lauer (5-1) allowed two runs on four hits in the first two innings. His only flaw in his last three frames was a step. He struck out one and walked four, throwing 96 pitches in five innings.
Urías hit his fourth homer of the season, connecting with one out in the first against Adam Wainwright (5-4).
One out later, Andrew McCutchen hit the first of three straight singles for the Brewers and scored on Taylor’s hit.
Christian Yelich threw a run in the second and McCutchen had a hit in the fourth.
Wainwright allowed 10 hits and four runs in five innings. He dropped a decision for the first time in four games.
Goldschmidt hit his eighth home run, a solo drive in the seventh against Trevor Gott that made it 4-3. He also hit a single and his .457 hit with six home runs during his streak.
The Cardinals scored twice in the first. Edman doubled for the first of his three hits, Pujols had an RBI single, and Yepez had a sacrifice fly.
When Goldschmidt entered the first, he extended his streak of reaching base to 31 straight games, the longest in the majors this year. It’s the longest streak for St. Louis since Matt Carpenter reached 35th in a row in 2018.
In addition to Tellez’s five strikes, catcher Omar Narváez and third baseman Jace Peterson each caught a foul ball for one out.
Brewers: Option RHP Miguel Sánchez at Triple-A Nashville.
Cardinals: Option RHP Junior Fernández and C Iván Herrera at Triple-A Memphis. Recalled RHP Jake Woodford and RHP Kodi Whitley from Memphis. Activated C Yadier Molina from the list of mourners.
Cardinals: Places RHP Jordan Hicks (right forearm flexor) on the 15-day disabled list. … RHP Jack Flaherty (shoulder) threw 25 pitches to batters during batting practice, manager Oliver Marmol said. During the 60-day IL, he is eligible to return to the Cardinals in early June and could soon be heading for a minor league rehab assignment.
Brewers: RHP Brandon Woodruff (5-2, 4.76) is aiming for his third straight win and his second against the Cardinals this year. He allowed three hits in five innings to claim a 5-1 victory on April 14 at Milwaukee.
Cardinals: RHP Dakota Hudson (3-2, 3.60) is aiming for his second victory in his fifth start to May, in which he only managed to get out of the fifth inning once. He suffered the loss at Milwaukee on April 17, allowing four runs (three earned) on three hits in just three innings as the Brewers won 6-5.
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