(Sports Network) - Veteran southpaw Randy Wolf aims for a 10th career win
against St. Louis tonight when the Milwaukee Brewers visit the Cardinals for
the opener of a three-game weekend series at Busch Stadium.
A second-round pick of the Philadelphia Phillies in 1997, Wolf has made 21 of
362 career starts against the Cardinals while splitting 18 decisions and
posting a 3.90 earned run average across 136 innings.
He last faced them on July 17 in Milwaukee and emerged with a 3-2 win after
allowing two runs on eight hits with a walk and six strikeouts on 6 2/3
It was Wolf's lone win in 16 outings since April 30.
In two starts since the defeat of the Cardinals, Wolf is 0-1 while giving up
six runs on 14 hits in 13 innings against Philadelphia and Washington.
For St. Louis, rookie right-hander Joe Kelly makes his 10th big-league start.
The native Californian, who turned 11 years old the month Wolf was drafted,
was an 11-4 winner at Kansas City in his first major-league decision on June
22, but is 0-4 in six starts since.
He's pitched at least six innings in seven straight starts and allowed three
runs or less in all seven while dropping his earned run average from its
season-high of 3.52 to its current 2.96.
He went six innings and allowed two earned runs in a 3-2 loss at Milwaukee on
July 17, his lone career meeting with the Brewers.
On Thursday in Colorado, Josh Rutledge and Wilin Rosario each hit a two- run
home run as the Rockies pounded the Cardinals, 8-2, in the finale of a three-
Jon Jay and Carlos Beltran each drove in a run for the Cardinals, who had won
six of eight coming in.
"They've been hitting real well lately," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said.
"They've been putting up some terrific numbers and we need the other guys to
do it, too."
Lance Lynn was charged with two runs on seven hits with four walks and four
strikeouts over six innings. Fernando Salas (1-4) was touched for three runs
to take the loss.
On Wednesday in Milwaukee, Ryan Braun homered and drove in three as the
Brewers crushed the Astros, 13-4, to complete a three-game sweep.
Braun knocked in a pair during a six-run fifth inning, then belted his 29th
homer of the season in the sixth.
Rickie Weeks and Cesar Izturis both homered during the fifth, while Jonathan
Lucroy later added a two-run blast for the Brewers, who had lost nine of 10
games entering this series.
"We've been really frustrated," Braun said. "A lot of games have been
demoralizing. We've had a lot of difficult games with the way we lost them,
but our confidence is still there."
Mike Fiers (5-4) earned the win, allowing two runs on eight hits over six-plus
innings. He did not issue a walk and struck out six en route to his eighth
straight quality start.
St. Louis has won five of nine games with the Brewers in 2012, including two
of three in a series at Busch Stadium in July.
The teams split 18 games last season and Milwaukee last won the season series
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