MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Jeff Suppan has the same approach against
Milwaukee as any other team. It just works much better against the
"I want to keep my mind in the same frame of mind every
start," Suppan said after beating Milwaukee for the 11th time in
his career. "So, when I got out there, what I've done in the past
against these guys doesn't matter. What I've done in the past this
year doesn't matter. What matters is that particular pitch I'm
Suppan (16-10) threw 92 pitches, 65 for strikes as he matched
his career high in wins, set last season. The 30-year-old
right-hander's career victory total against the Brewers is his most
against any team, and he is 4-0 with a 1.31 ERA in five starts
against Milwaukee this season.
The Cardinals helped Suppan with three double plays, setting a
franchise record with 193 this season. Suppan said that they all
helped against the Brewers.
"It's a true phrase, it's a true phrase," he said of double
plays being a pitcher's best friend.
Suppan struck out seven, matching his season high, and never
allowed a runner past second.
St. Louis, which has already secured home-field advantage
throughout the NL playoffs, had matched its longest skid of the
Jason Isringhausen pitched the ninth for 37th save in 41
"The way Milwaukee has been swinging, a performance like that
by Suppan is off the charts," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa
said. "He did a great job of moving the ball around, changing
Milwaukee (77-78) is trying to finish with a winning record for
the first time since 1992, when it was in the American League. The
loss eliminated the Brewers from playoff contention.
Doug Davis (11-11) faced the Cardinals for the fifth time this
season and remained winless against them. He is 0-4 with a 5.48 ERA
against St. Louis after allowing four hits and striking out seven
in eight innings.
"I got outpitched today," Davis said. "You can't win when the
other pitcher throws a shutout."
Davis retired eight of the first nine Cardinals before Edmonds
tripled to lead off the fourth. After Albert Pujols walked, Reggie
Sanders hit a sacrifice fly for the first run of the game.
"He was dead on," Brewers manager Ned Yost said of Davis'
effort. "It just seems like when he pitches we match up with a
pitcher who has a great day."
Edmonds hit his 29th homer, a solo shot in the sixth, pushing
the lead to 2-0.
The Cardinals tried to squeeze in a run in the fifth, but just
missed. Hector Luna doubled with one out and stole third. He broke
for home as Suppan tried to bunt on an 0-2 pitch and missed. Luna
was caught in a rundown.
The Cardinals finished their final road trip, a 10-game stretch,
with a 4-6 mark. It was their only losing trip of the season.
A thunderstorm sent rain through the closed roof of Miller
Park. Fans seated in front of the press box either moved or opened
umbrellas to wait out the shower. ... The Cardinals had 192 double
plays in 1974. ... Pujols surprised a young fan seated near the
Cardinals' dugout. Waiting in the on-deck circle, Pujols checked
his helmet, then flipped it to the boy, before getting another one
out of the dugout. ... Edmonds' next homer will make his fifth
30-home run season in six years with the Cardinals.