Brewers 2, Cubs 0

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, September 12, 2010

Hero: In his fifth career start, rookie Casey Coleman (1-2) allowed one (earned) run on five hits over six innings while striking out three and walking three. The 23-year-old right-hander has gone at least six innings in each of his last four starts.

Goat: Xavier Nady (1-for-4) failed in a pair of two-out RBI opportunities. Nady popped out to Milwaukee second baseman Rickie Weeks with Kosuke Fukudome on second in the first inning and lined out to center fielder Lorenzo Cain with runners on first and second in the fifth.

Key Play: Ryan Braun hit a two-out, broken bat RBI double off Coleman in the fifth for the game's first run. The run ended a streak of 25 straight shutout innings by Cubs pitchers.

"(Ryan) Dempster told him, 'You (stink). You gave up a run,' " Geovany Soto said.

Comments: Starlin Castro went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts and committed his 25th error of the season on a throw in the third inning. Castro, whose average dropped to .312, went 2-for-12 in the series and committed an error in each of the three games.

It was the 11th time this season that the Cubs (62-81), whose elimination number dropped to one, were shut out.

Next: Carlos Silva has been scratched and Jeff Samardzija (0-1, 18.90 ERA) will start Monday (CSN, 7:15 p.m.) in St. Louis. The 25-year-old right-hander was 11-3 with a 4.37 ERA in 35 games (15 starts) at Triple-A Iowa this year.

Rookie left-hander Jaime Garcia (13-7, 2.69) will make his first career start against the Cubs. Garcia - who was torched for seven earned runs in four innings in his last start, at Milwaukee on Wednesday - is 6-3 with a 1.65 ERA in 13 starts at Busch Stadium this season.

The Cardinals (74-67), who trail first-place Cincinnati by six games in the NL Central, have gone 9-18 since defeating the Cubs 6-3 on Aug. 13.

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