Even amid their best start in 27 years, the Milwaukee Brewers still have their problems with the St. Louis Cardinals.
With their lengthy winning streak in the past, the Brewers hope to finally get the best of Shelby Miller and bounce back from their latest defeat to the visiting Cardinals on Tuesday night.
Riding a nine-game winning streak during which it averaged 5.9 runs, Milwaukee (10-3) was held to three hits during Monday’s 4-0 loss to St. Louis. The Cardinals (8-5) have won 30 of 42 regular season games against the Brewers, including nine of 11 at Miller Park.
"We’re fine," losing pitcher Matt Garza said. "We’ll come back and we’ll start a new (streak Tuesday)."
John Jay hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning and Matt Adams added three hits as the Cardinals won their third in a row.
Adams is batting .360 on the season, and .455 (15 for 33) during his last nine games versus Milwaukee.
After Lance Lynn struck out 11 and allowed those three hits in seven innings, Miller (0-2, 6.35 ERA) looks to carry over his series success from last season when he went 3-0 with a 2.03 ERA in five starts against the Brewers as a rookie.
Miller received an average of 5.23 runs of support in those contests, but the Cardinals have totaled two in his two 2014 starts.
However, five of the eight runs the right-hander has allowed in 11 1-3 innings this season have come via four homers. He’s also walked six while striking out seven. Miller gave up one of those homers and three runs total in six innings of a 4-0 loss to Cincinnati on Wednesday.
"I thought he was better than how the result was overall," manager Mike Matheny told the Cardinals’ official website.
Aramis Ramirez is 5 for 10 with a home run versus Miller, but went 0 for 3 on Monday for only his second hitless game in 13 contests this season. The veteran third baseman is batting .358 with 11 RBIs in 2014, but is 4 for 19 in his last five versus St. Louis.
Milwaukee All-Star shortstop Jean Segura had two hits in the series opener after going 1 for 19 in the first five home games.
He went 0 for 12 with five strikeouts against Miller in 2013.
Though scheduled Milwaukee starter Marco Estrada (1-0, 2.31) is 0-3 with a 5.67 ERA in seven starts against the Cardinals, the right-hander allowed two runs in each of the two he’s made in 2014. The most recent came over six innings of a 6-2 win at Philadelphia on Thursday.
St. Louis’ Yadier Molina, who was given the night off Monday, is 10 for 20 in his last five games. He’s 12 for 21 (.571) during the regular season against Estrada.
Teammate Mark Ellis could be nearing his Cardinals debut, possibly in this series, after opening the season on the disabled list with left knee tendinitis. The veteran infielder signed with St. Louis after spending the last two seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers.