(Sports Network) - Joe Kelly tries to win his sixth straight start on Thursday
when the St. Louis Cardinals attempt to complete a three-game sweep of the
Milwaukee Brewers at Busch Stadium.
Kelly has been tremendous for the Cardinals since moving to the rotation July
6, going 8-0 with a 2.10 ERA in 11 outings. He has given up one run or less in
eight of those outings and the Cardinals are 10-1 in those games.
The 25-year-old right-hander beat the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday, holding
them to a run and eight hits in six innings.
"He pitched himself out of trouble a couple of times," Cardinals manager Mike
Matheny said after the Pittsburgh game. "I thought he did a real nice job.
He's earned that opportunity to work himself through it and he continues to
get big outs when he needs to."
St. Louis won its fifth straight game on Wednesday, as Matt Adams' two-run
homer highlighted a four-run eighth inning in the Cardinals' 5-1 win. Matt
Holliday finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Daniel Descalso drove in a
run for the Cardinals, who maintained a one-game lead over the Pittsburgh
Pirates atop the NL Central standings.
Trevor Rosenthal (2-3) earned the win with a scoreless eighth inning. Starter
Lance Lynn allowed one unearned run on five hits while fanning 10 over six
"It was much more like what I expect Lance to be tonight. He controlled the
game and didn't allow things to get out of hand. He focused, got back on the
mound and made good pitches," said Cardinals manager Mike Matheny.
Marco Estrada was the second Brewers pitcher in as many nights to carry a no-
hitter into the sixth inning. He allowed just one run on two hits while
striking out six over 6 2/3 innings.
Getting the call for the Brewers on Thursday will be Tyler Thornburg, who is
1-1 with a 2.08. Thornburg hasn't pitched since taking the loss back on Sept.
2 to the Pirates. He gave up just two runs and six hits in that one.
Thornburg has pitched to a 1.13 ERA in his four starts, but has yet to win
one, despite going six innings and allowing no more than two runs in any of
"I wouldn't say I'm more comfortable, it's just what I'm used to," Thornburg
said. "Any time, for the past two to three years -- even back into college --
you've been a starter, it's just what you're used to. I'm sure if one day I'm
in the bullpen for two or three years, then I'm sure I'll get comfortable with
St. Louis is 12-3 this season against the Brewers.
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