Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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Chacin's strong outing gives Brewers much needed win

Right-hander goes six innings of scoreless ball; Moustakas’ double backs him

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    Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday in St. Louis. Chacin pitched six shutout innings for Milwaukee.

    Jeff Roberson

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    Milwaukee Brewers' Mike Moustakas hits a two-run double during the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Jeff Roberson

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    Milwaukee Brewers' Mike Moustakas, bottom, is out at second as St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Greg Garcia, top, turns a double play during the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, in St. Louis. Brewers' Jesus Aguilar was out at first. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Jeff Roberson

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    Milwaukee Brewers' Mike Moustakas, left, and Jesus Aguilar celebrate a victory over the St. Louis Cardinals at a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Jeff Roberson

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    St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter, left, is safe at first on a bunt single as Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar handles the throw during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Jeff Roberson

ST. LOUIS  — Jhoulys Chacin had some extra motivation.

Mike Moustakas hit a two-run double, giving Chacin all the runs he needed to beat St. Louis for the first time in his career with the Milwaukee Brewers’ 2-1 victory over the Cardinals on Sunday.

“I can die now,” Chacin joked to reporters.

Milwaukee (69-57) snapped a three-game losing streak and moved back ahead of St. Louis (68-57) for the second National League wild card. The Cardinals lost for just the second time in their last 12 games.

“We talk about racking up wins and banking wins and we banked a win today and got a great pitching performance,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “I thought we swung the bats pretty good. It’s a good win. That’s a team that’s right in the thick of things and going to be there for the rest of the year.”

Chacin (13-4) entered the game 0-7 with a 6.90 ERA in nine career games, including eight starts, against the Cardinals, but shut them out through six innings as the Brewers avoided their first three-game sweep at St. Louis since July 1-3, 2016.

“This might be the biggest game of the season for me,” Chacin said. “The Cardinals have always been tough on me and this year it was an obsession.”

Chacin has won his last three starts and has given up three runs in his last 19 innings. The Brewers improved to 19-8 in his starts this season.

“I thought he kept them off balance, his slider was again good and his fastball,” Counsell said. “He threw fastballs and it was good sequencing.”

Jeremy Jeffress gave up a run in two innings of relief and Josh Hader pitched a perfect ninth to earn his 10th save in 13 opportunities for the Brewers.

Moustaskas hammered an 0-2 pitch down the first-base line to score Orlando Arcia and Lorenzo Cain, giving the Brewers a 2-0 lead in the third. Arcia and Cain each stole a base to help get them into scoring position ahead of Moustaskas.

“We always talk about little things and being able to vary our times and our holds and being quick to the plate is important, something that we’ve done really really well all year,” Cardinals interim manager Mike Shildt said of Cain’s steal. “The reality is the guy’s an accomplished base stealer as well. It was a big play.”

John Gant (5-5) gave up two runs on six hits and two walks in 4 1/​3 innings. Gant has failed to make it past 4 1/​3 innings in three of his last four starts.

“It was just one of those days,” Gant said. “I never really found a good, solid groove.”

Brett Cecil pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth, Tyson Ross followed with three scoreless innings and Mike Mayers added another as Cardinals relievers combined for 4 2/​3 shutout innings.

Patrick Wisdom hit his first career home run 414 feet into the bleachers in left-center to lead off the eighth for St. Louis.

The Brewers had lost six of their last eight heading into the game.

“It was a really good day for me and for the team,” Chacin said. “I think anything is possible for me and for the team. We win on Sunday, a day game and finally beat the Cardinals. It couldn’t get better. From this day I hope we keep rolling.”

Yadier Molina started his 27th straight game, a major league record for catchers 35 years or older.

Manny Pina (left shoulder) missed his third straight game and is day-to-day.

Chase Anderson (7-7, 3.97 ERA) will start a three-game series against the visiting Cincinnati Reds and Homer Bailey (1-10, 6.33 ERA) on Monday night. Anderson is 4-1 with a 2.98 ERA in nine career starts against the Reds.


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