Hader notches 37th straight scoreless appearance, Brewers beat Cards

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Josh Hader escaped a ninth-inning jam in his 37th straight scoreless appearance and the Milwaukee Brewers held off the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 for their third straight win.

Tyrone Taylor drove in a run for the seventh game in a row and Luis Urías homered as the NL Central leaders increased their edge over the second-place Cardinals to 4 1/2 games. Milwaukee first baseman Rowdy Tellez helped with his glove, ranging to catch five foul balls for outs. Overall, Brewers fielders caught seven foul-outs.

Paul Goldschmidt homered and extended his hitting streak to 17 games for the Cardinals.  He was one of only four St. Louis batters to get a hit against a Brewers pitcher.

Eric Lauer started for the Crew and lasted five innings, striking out one and allowing two runs on four hits. He walked four batters. Trevor Kelley, Trevor Gott and Brad Boxberger each pitched an inning of relief. Gott was the only one of the trio to allow a hit, Goldscmidt’s seventh-inning home run.

Hader, activated from the family medical emergency list earlier in the day, earned his 16th save in 16 tries this season. He allowed one hit, walked one batter and got a strikeout.

Brewers hitters had an incredibly productive day at the plate, notching 12 hits, but failed to turn many of those opportunities into runs. Milwaukee went 3-11 with runners in scoring position and left nine runners on base. Luckily for the Crew, St. Louis fared even worse in scoring opportunities, leaving 11 runners on base and batting 1-6 with runners in scoring position.

The Brewers and Cardinals will lock horns again Friday, the second of a four-game series in the Show-Me State. Brandon Woodruff (5-2, 4.76) will square off against Cardinal RHP Dakota Hudson (3-2, 3.60) starting at 7:15 p.m. CT