Highlighting how competitive the NL Central race is, the St. Louis Cardinals' first loss in six games helped end their sole possession of the division lead.
Adam Wainwright will try to help his club regain that advantage while the Cardinals also hope to get top hitter Yadier Molina and best setup man Trevor Rosenthal back for their series opener against the Seattle Mariners.
St. Louis (85-61) was alone atop the Central for much of the past week thanks to a 5-0 start on its nine-game homestand. The Cardinals, though, couldn't keep that run going with a 5-3 loss to Milwaukee on Thursday and fell back into a tie with Pittsburgh, which topped the last-place Chicago Cubs for its fourth straight win earlier in the evening.
"Those guys are playing good baseball. We're playing good baseball," pitcher Joe Kelly told the team's website. "It's going to be a fun run toward the end."
Wainwright (16-9, 3.03 ERA) will try to help St. Louis, winner in 13 of 17 at home, rebound by continuing to ...