Milwaukee Brewers rookie Tyler Thornburg found himself in the middle of a pennant race Thursday night, even though it was only in a spoiler role.
''You always want to try and make it as tough for those teams who have something to play for,'' he said.
Thornburg did just that, tossing six solid innings to lead the Brewers over St. Louis 5-3. Sean Halton homered for Milwaukee, which snapped the Cardinals' five-game winning streak.
St. Louis fell into a tie with Pittsburgh for the top spot in the NL Central. Both teams are 85-61 with 16 games remaining. The idle Cincinnati Reds are 2 1/2 back.
Milwaukee broke a three-game losing streak against St. Louis and beat the Cardinals for only the fourth time in 16 meetings this season.
''It's important to beat these guys. They've been taking it to us pretty good,'' manager Ron Roenicke said. ''We played a good game today. There were a lot of good things that happened.''
The Cardinals are 5-1 on their nine-game homestand.