ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals managed to cut into Milwaukee's early lead Wednesday night, but they didn't get their final two at-bats due to rain and the game was called after 7 1/2 innings, giving the Brewers a 5-3 win at Busch Stadium.
Milwaukee scored four runs in the first inning. The game went into a delay at 9:40 and was officially called at 10:46, dropping the Cardinals a 1/2 game behind the Cubs in the Central Division.
"We waited an hour and didn't get an opportunity to finish a game that we scratched and clawed and felt like we were definitely in and felt good about winning, quite honestly," manager Mike Shildt said.
The Brewers got to Adam Wainwright quickly and ultimately decided the game with those runs before the Cardinals could hit.
Mike Moustakas delivered the big blow, hitting a three-run home run after Keston Hiura singled in a run. The Brewers had five hits in the inning and two of the outs were hard-hit balls, including a scorching line drive hit by Christian Yelich that was caught on the warning track by Harrison Bader.
Wainwright (9-9) was able to get through five innings after the rough start, but the Cardinals couldn't do enough damage against Adrian Houser.
After Milwaukee added a run in the fourth inning, the Cardinals scraped together two runs in the fifth thanks to a pair of Brewers errors.
After the first two batters were retired, Harrison Bader reached safely on a throwing error by Moustakas. Yairo Munoz then hit grounder to the right of first baseman Eric Thames, who mishandled the ball. Houser got a late break to the base, so Munoz was awarded a single.
Dexter Fowler singled to score Bader with Munoz going to second. Munoz was then caught off the bag after a pitch to Kolten Wong, but catcher Yasmani Grandal threw the ball into center field, allowing Munoz to score.
The Cards scored another run in the sixth. Marcell Ozuna and Paul DeJong singled with one out and Yadier Molina doubled to score one run and leave runners at second and third with one out.
But Matt Carpenter and Harrison Bader struck out in succession to leave the potential tying runs stranded.
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