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Brewers get just one hit in another loss to Cardinals

The Milwaukee Brewers only got one hit Monday in a 3-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park.

Jody Gerut ruined Chris Carpenter's no-hit bid with a double in the fifth inning.

Carpenter struck out 10 and walked a pair, as he won his 11th straight decision to improve his record to 16-3.

Brewers' left fielder Ryan Braun sat out with a sore shoulder, and center fielder Mike Cameron missed the game with a bad hamstring.

But manager Ken Macha said his lineup had a pretty good history against Carpenter.

Felipe Lopez, Prince Fielder, Frank Catalanotto and Corey Patterson had all batted anywhere from .318-.500 against the Cardinals' ace.

Patterson made his first start for Milwaukee since being called up last week. Dave Bush took the loss, giving up two runs on seven hits in seven innings.

Bush has four consecutive starts and seven straight decisions, and has not won since May 19. He's now 3-7.

Albert Pujols went 3-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs for the Cardinals, whose magic number is now 14 to clinch the National League Central.

Milwaukee has lost five of its last seven, and is now 15 games behind the Cards in the division and 11.5 back for the Wild Card it won a year ago.

The Brewers and Cards will play again tonight in Milwaukee.

Left-hander Manny Parra will face St. Louis veteran right-hander John Smoltz.