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Sunday, August 3 (All times Eastern)

Milwaukee Brewers (61-50) at St. Louis Cardinals (58-51), 2:15 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Matt Garza (7-7, 3.74) St. Louis - John Lackey (0-0, 0.00)

(SportsNetwork.com) - The St. Louis Cardinals acquired John Lackey to give them another go-to starter in the playoffs, but on Sunday the veteran will first be tasked with securing his new team a big series win.

Lackey and the Cards will try to further cut into the Milwaukee Brewers' lead atop the National League Central on Sunday afternoon when the rivals wrap a three-game series.

St. Louis sent young hurler Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig to Boston on Thursday to acquire Lackey, who went 11-7 with a 3.60 earned run average in 21 starts with the Red Sox this season.

Lackey, one win shy of 150 for his career in the regular season, has won a pair of World Series championships, first with the Anaheim Angels in 2002 and then last season with Boston, and he'll team with Adam Wainwright in St. Louis to give the Cardinals a feared 1-2 punch in the rotation.

"I guess it's better than the other way," Lackey told St. Louis' website of being known as a big-game pitcher. "You want your teammates to think they've got a chance when they're going into a big one with you. I've been fortunate enough to win a few [titles]. Hopefully, I'll do it again."

The 35-year-old's debut with the Cardinals comes against the Brewers, who he hasn't faced since June 17, 2011. He got a win after hurling eight innings of four-run ball in his first ever start versus Milwaukee.

St. Louis also acquired starter Justin Masterson from the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday and he made his Cards debut on Saturday night. Though charged with five runs over six innings in his return from right knee inflammation, Masterson was backed by a 12-hit attack to win a 9-7 decision.

"It's awesome. That's what you play the game for," Masterson said when asked about playing for his new team. "That's what makes it fun, when you're going out there. It just brings a team together."

Kolten Wong highlighted the offense with three hits and three RBI for the Cardinals, who had lost three of four but pulled to within two games of the Brewers for first place.

Ryan Braun and Scooter Gennett both had two RBI for Milwaukee, which saw starter Kyle Lohse get tagged for nine runs -- seven earned -- on nine hits and three walks in four-plus innings.

"That's one of the things I pride myself on, is even when things go a little haywire early, just being able to battle and keep your team in it," said Lohse.

Milwaukee was denied a third straight win and will try to take today's rubber match behind Matt Garza, who has posted back-to-back one-run outings.

Garza beat the New York Mets on July 24, logging eight innings and scattering two hits, one a solo homer. He then got a no-decision versus Tampa Bay on Tuesday, giving up a solo homer to Ben Zobrist in the sixth inning.

"He stayed inside ... and I paid for it," Garza said of the longball.

The 30-year-old righty sits at 7-7 with a 3.74 ERA on the year and is 3-3 against the Cardinals lifetime with a 4.81 ERA in nine starts.

St. Louis is 6-5 versus Milwaukee this year after going 14-5 in this rivalry a season ago.

08/03 10:35:39 ET

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Local
Final
ECU 56
TEMPL 70
 
2nd
NCCU 52
NCAT 43
 
Final
DET 4
ATL 6
 
Final
TAM 2
BAL 3
 
Final
PIT 1
NYY 2
 
Final
HOU 6
PHI 3
 
Final
MIA 1
STL 4
 
Final
SFG 8
CHC 6
 
Final
CIN 3
CLE 9
 
Final
CWS 1
LOS 6
 
Final
ANA 3
MIL 2
 
Final
CHC 2
OAK 2
 
Final
SEA 9
SDP 4
 
Final
KAN 5
TEX 4
 
Final
ARI 4
COL 3
 
Final
WAS 5
NYM 4
 
6th
MIN 8
BOS 8
 
8th
BAL 5
TOR 0
 
Half
CHI 48
OKC 50
 
10:30pm Tonight
POR
DAL
Final
MDES 89
MRGST 76
 
Final
SIENA 71
NIAG 54
Final
LEH 62
AMER 68
 
Final
SCAR 74
ARK 78
 
Final
LAF 89
BU 64
 
Final
PETE 63
FAIR 33
 
1st OT
BUCK 84
HC 77
 
Final
UNF 71
LIP 57
 
Final
TENNM 65
MORE 76
 
Final
COL 72
NAVY 62
 
Final
ECU 56
TEMPL 70
 
Final
FATL 62
UAB 59
 
Final
FLGC 62
USCU 63
 
1st OT
CHAR 84
WKENT 86
 
Final
MINN 63
WISC 76
Final
MIZST 48
SILL 55
 
2nd
COPST 73
DELST 83
 
Final
FIU 59
MTST 54
 
2nd
HAMP 53
NORST 63
 
2nd
NCCU 52
NCAT 43
 
2nd
COOK 55
SCST 44
 
2nd
APP 59
TXST 56
 
2nd
GSOUT 68
TXARL 58
 
2nd
LAMON 31
UGST 28
 
2nd
ODU 46
MARS 36
 
2nd
TXSA 56
RICE 59
 
Half
FAM 23
SAV 28
 
2nd
LATU 47
SMISS 33
 
1st
JST 25
ALAAM 11
 
1st
GRAM 4
ALAST 14
 
1st
TXSOU 27
ALCOR 17
 
Half
NICST 40
CARK 24
 
Half
TAMCC 46
HOUB 29
 
Half
NARZ 22
PORST 23
 
1st
LAM 10
SHSU 9
 
Half
ARKST 33
SALA 47
 
1st
PVU 11
SOUTH 9
 
1st
LALAF 26
ARKLR 20
 
1st
NO 19
SELA 15
 
9:00pm Tonight
INCWORD
ABCHRIST
 
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MVSU 0
ARKPB 0
 
1st
ARZ 16
CAL 12
 
1st
WASH 6
COL 20
 
1st
WEBER 15
IDAHO 11
 
1st
UCONN 9
MEM 22
 
1st
UTEP 16
UNT 13
 
1st
STEPH 21
NWST 16
 
1st
SUTAH 11
SACST 17
 
1st
DAVID 14
VCU 4
 
1st
IDST 19
EWASH 22
 
1st
QUIN 6
MAR 3
 
1st
BEL 5
EILL 0
 
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DRAK
BRAD
10:00pm Tonight
LBSU
CSNO
 
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UCI
CSFU
 
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UCD
UCR
 
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ARST
STAN
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WASU
UTAH
3rd
BOS 3
CAL 3
 
3rd
WAS 1
MIN 2
 
3rd
PHI 2
STL 1
 
2nd Intermission
FLA 3
DAL 2
 
2nd Intermission
TAM 2
TOR 1
 
2nd
NAS 1
NYI 2
 
1st
ARI 0
VAN 0
 
10:30pm Tonight
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