Marco Estrada is making up for lost time.
The Milwaukee right-hander continued his string of strong performances in the Brewers' 5-1 loss at St. Louis on Wednesday. Estrada allowed two hits and one earned run in 6 2-3 innings. He did not allow a hit until Matt Carpenter singled with two outs in the sixth. Estrada left the game with a 1-0 lead.
Estrada is 2-0 with a 2.39 ERA in six starts since coming off the disabled list Aug. 7 after missing 62 days with a strained left hamstring muscle.
''Obviously, any time you have a good game, you're happy,'' he said. ''I just wish I would have started the season off a little better.''
Estrada has nine quality starts in 18 starts this season. He has allowed one earned run or fewer in four of his last six starts.
Against the Cardinals, Estrada retired the side in order in four of the first five innings.
''Marco came out with great command and good stuff,'' Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. ''He did a really nice job. It's unfortunate, h...