ST. LOUIS, MO (WHBL) - Brewers' starter Matt Garza strained his left oblique muscle in Sunday's 3-2 Milwaukee loss at Saint Louis. Garza left after the sixth inning, giving up just one hit. The Brewers' bullpen proceeded to blow a 2-0 lead as the Cardinals scored all three of their runs in the seventh on five hits. Zach Duke gave up a pair which tied the game, including a solo shot by Matt Holliday. Jeremy Jeffress surrendered the Cards' winning run, a line-drive single by Oscar Tavares. Jeffress lost his first decision of the year. It's not known how long Garza will be out. Last year he missed the first seven weeks of the season with a similar oblique strain. Garza said the new one's a little lower than the last one, but it's not as bad. John Lackey won his first start for Saint Louis after being traded from Boston last week. He gave up two early runs but settled down to throw seven solid innings. Trevor Rosenthal gave up a hit and a walk in the ninth, but still earned his 34th save. Mark Reynolds hit a solo homer and Aramis Ramirez had two singles and an R-B-I, as Milwaukee dropped 2 of 3 from the Cardinals over the weekend. The Brewers have now dropped five of their last seven. Their lead in the National League Central is down to one game over Saint Louis, one-and-a-half over Pittsburgh, and four-and-a-half over Cincinnati. The Brewers are off today, and will host San Francisco Tuesday night.
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