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CHC@MIL: Gallardo stifles the Cubs over seven frames

With the Brewers 10 1/2 games ahead of the Cardinals and coming off a win over St. Louis, it would appear that the Crew is well on its way to clinching the National League Central.

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke isn't quite ready to anoint his team as division champions and coast into the finish line, however.

"I still realize how good these other teams are in the division," Roenicke said. "I am kind of surprised where we are."

The Cardinals will turn to Kyle Lohse to slow the Brewers and begin the effort to make this NL Central race closer.

"I think it's really important for him to understand that, as a starting pitcher, he's got the first responsibility to give us a good chance to win," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "That's enough motivation to go out there and pitch well. A lot of the other stuff falls into place."

While he has faded in the second half of the season -- his ERA was 5.53 in July and 5.92 in August -- he will be very well-rested. St. Louis has tried to ensure that Chris Carpenter, Edwin Jackson and Jake Westbrook start as many games as possible. The result of that is that Lohse has not pitched in eight days.

"I know what I've been through the last two years, so, yeah, maybe fatigue could be a problem," Lohse said. "But I feel like I've come into every start strong. It's almost kind of backfired on me the last couple, because I come in there feeling almost too good."

Brewers: Brewers riding huge hot streak
• One of the reasons for the Brewers' big lead in the division is their performance in the past 55 games. They are 40-15 in that span, which is easily the best record in baseball for that time period.

"The run we went on was incredible. We're still kind of on it, I guess," Roenicke said. "But you always expect to be at the end there in a tight race, and that still certainly can [happen]."

Cardinals: Cardinals announce final September callups
• The Cardinals will add infielder Tyler Greene, catcher Tony Cruz and outfielder Adron Chambers to the club on Tuesday. Greene and Cruz have already been on the Major League squad this year, but Chambers will be making his MLB debut.

• Nick Punto will also be added to the Cardinals' active roster for Tuesday's game after completing a rehab stint in Triple-A Memphis.

Worth noting
• Both Lohse and Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo have struggled against the opposing team's offense. Lohse is 3-8 with a 5.10 ERA against the Brewers, and Gallardo is 1-6 with a 5.79 ERA against the Cardinals. Comments