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Cardinals fall to Brewers, tied with Bucs atop NL Central

It's tough to complain about a team that has won five out of its last six games.

But, while that may be, the Cardinals put on a sloppy display against a weak Milwaukee Brewers team Friday night and lost sole possession of first place in the National League Central Division because of it.

Starting pitcher Joe Kelly, who for the better part of a month was the Redbirds most reliable rotation member, was a little on the shaky side. He gave up hits in the first three innings that were basically flairs. But he wasn't able to shut down Milwaukee rallies and ended up down 4-0 at one point.

Of course Kelly got a lot of help from poor defense. Shortstop Pete Kozma's glove seemed like it had a baseball-sized hole in the web and the Redbirds infield threw the ball all over the place.

The Cardinals didn't give up, however. They rallied for two runs in the bottom of the fourth and scored another run on a Matt Adams homer in the ninth to make the score 5-3. But the Birds could edge no closer.

Meanwhile, the Cubs had the winning run at the plate in the ninth inning against the Pirates and couldn't bail out St. Louis. So Pittsburgh tied the top of the Central Division standings.

Kelly fell to 8-4 for the season with seven hits and three earned runs allowed in five innings. He struck out four and walked one. Adams was the only Cardinals hitter to collect more than one hit with a 2-for-4 day.