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PIT@MIL: Gallardo fans five over seven solid innings

At some point, these trends have to change, right?

That's certainly what the Brewers are hoping as they continue their four-game series with the Cardinals on Saturday at Miller Park.

First, the pitcher Milwaukee faces Saturday, Adam Wainwright, has been downright dirty against the Brew Crew. The Cardinals right-hander has the lowest career ERA (1.93) and most complete games (three) against the Brewers among active pitchers.

And, if you think those numbers are just historical, think again: Wainwright tossed a four-hit shutout against Milwaukee on April 13, tying a career high with 12 punch outs.

The good news, at least in theory, is that Milwaukee counter with its ace, Yovani Gallardo, on the mound. The bad news is, against the Cardinals, Gallardo is the anti-Wainwright.

Gallardo is 1-10 with a 6.84 ERA in 15 career starts against St. Louis, including picking up the loss to the Cardinals and Wainwright on April 13 when he surrendered six runs (five earned) in 5 1/3 innings.

One plus for Milwaukee, however, is that Gallardo seems to have found his groove as of late, tossing three straight quality starts and posting a 2.29 ERA.

Cardinals: Pair of streaks
Catcher Yadier Molina has a five-game hitting streak during which he's batting .500, while right fielder Carlos Beltran also has a hitting streak of four games, in which he's batting .333.

• Reliever Trevor Rosenthal leads all Major League relievers with 23 strikeouts.

Brewers: Ramirez's return lengthens lineup
Milwaukee finally got its cleanup hitter back Friday, as third baseman Aramis Ramirez returned and went 2-for-3. Second baseman Rickie Weeks and catcher Jonathan Lucroy filled in well while Ramirez was shelved, the third baseman said.

"They did a great job," Ramirez said before making his return. "We started 2-8, and now we're a game over .500. We're playing pretty good lately, and hopefully we can keep that up."

Manager Ron Roenicke was excited for Ramirez's comeback because it allows guys such as Weeks and Lucroy to get back into spots where they're more comfortable.

• Because the Brewers have a pair of off-days in the span of four days next week, fifth starter Hiram Burgos will be available out of the bullpen.

• Outfielder Carlos Gomez is batting .492 in his last 18 games, including hitting .486 with three home runs during a 10-game hitting streak.

Worth noting
• Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday has three career homers against Gallardo, while Molina has two.

• The Cardinals are 4-1 against Milwaukee this season.

• The Brewers are 12-6 in their last 18 games.

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