Posted September 13, 2013 on AP on Fox
Joe Kelly's impressive run came to an end Thursday night. Kelly, who won his previous five starts, struggled in a 5-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers that dropped the St. Louis Cardinals into a first-place tie in the NL Central with the Pittsburgh Pirates, who beat the Chicago Cubs 3-1. St. Louis had won the last eight times Kelly started on the mound. His last loss came on June 5. The right-hander entered 8-1 with a 2.06 ERA in his past 11 starts. Kelly (8-4) allowed four runs, three earned, and seven hits in five innings. It wasn't a bad outing, just not up to his standards of the last two months. ''It wasn't too good all around,'' Kelly said. ''Early in the game, they were swinging early at the fastball and getting some hits. I could have made some better pitches. They didn't hit the ball extremely hard.'' Milwaukee rookie Tyler Thornburg threw six solid innings and Sean Halton homered to lead the Brewers, who snapped the Cardina...
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