Brewers split doubleheader after disappointing loss in game 2

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers hadn’t faced each other all season before this week despite playing in the same division.

They spent Monday making up for lost time.

Both games of their doubleheader split went into extra innings after being scheduled for seven, with the winning team coming from behind each time. The Brewers won the opener 2-1 in eight innings and were three outs from a sweep before the Cardinals rallied to take the nightcap 3-2 in nine innings.

“It’s always tough to swallow when you’re close to sweeping both of those games,” Brewers second baseman Keston Hiura said. “We just have to turn the page.”

Hiura hit a sacrifice fly to score Avisail Garcia with the winning run in the eighth inning of the first game. St. Louis’ Paul DeJong knocked in the go-ahead run with a two-out single in the ninth as the Cardinals came back from a 2-0 deficit.

Monday’s doubleheader opened a three-day, five-game series between these NL Central rivals. Counting this doubleheader, the Brewers will play the Cardinals 10 times over their last 16 games.

Milwaukee was supposed to open its home schedule against St. Louis on July 31, but the Cardinals had a coronavirus outbreak that caused that weekend series to get postponed.

These head-to-head matchups have major postseason implications.

The Cardinals (21-21), Cincinnati Reds (23-26) and Brewers (21-25) are fighting for second place in the NL Central behind the Chicago Cubs. The top two teams in each division earn automatic playoff berths as part of this year’s expanded postseason.

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