MILWAUKEE, WI - AUGUST 03: Edwin Jackson #22 of the St. Louis Cardinals talks with Yadier Molina #4 and Dave Duncan #18 against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on August 3, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

Edwin Jackson Crushed As Cardinals Lose Series To Brewers

Bean-balls, extra innings, and a Jaime Garcia home run punctuated game two of the Cardinals and Brewers' crucial August series.

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St. Louis Cardinals Lose Series To Milwaukee Brewers, Trail In Playoff Race

Rafael Furcal's home run wasn't enough to counteract the four fellow acquisition Edwin Jackson allowed as the St. Louis Cardinals dropped Wednesday's game and the three-game series to the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers. Casey McGehee homered three times for the Brewers, who opened up a 3.5 game advantage on the Cardinals with their 10-5 win. 

A day after the Cardinals pulled out an improbable extra-innings win Jackson went seven innings despite the bloodbath, helping out the bullpen in yet another way after sending Kyle McClellan, Octavio Dotel, and Mark Rzepczynski back there when he was acquired in the Colby Rasmus trade.

McGehee, in the midst of a lost year, had homered just five times all season before running into Jackson on Wednesday. 108 games into the season he managed to raise his slugging percentage 20 points after the outburst. The home run was Rafael Furcal's second of the year, and pushed his batting average up to .205 after a season spent below the Mendoza Line. 

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St. Louis Cardinals Win Loud Game Two Vs. Brewers

Bean-balls, extra innings, and a home run from Jaime Garcia all added up to an unlikely win for the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday, as the Redbirds recovered from an early deficit to pull game two of their series with the Milwaukee Brewers out 8-7. To confuse any time-travelers from the middle of 2010: Lance Berkman drove in the game-winning run, Octavio Dotel picked up the save, and Rafael Furcal made a brilliant catch to send the game into extra innings. 

Matt Holliday picked up his 16th home run of the year, Daniel Descalso had three hits, and Yadier Molina doubled before being ejected following an embarrassing outburst after a bad called third strike. Kyle McClellan, the Cardinals' fifth reliever in his return to the bullpen, went 1 1/3 scoreless innings for his eighth win of the year before Dotel closed it out with a strikeout to earn his second save. Garcia allowed 10 hits but struck out six against zero walks in a strange start that also saw him hit the first home run of his Major League career.

The Cardinals returned to 2.5 games out against the Brewers with the win, and will attempt to close the gap further Wednesday afternoon in a series-ending matchup. 

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