Lynn, Cardinals snap Brewers' 9-game win streak
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Lance Lynn struck out 11 in seven innings, Jon Jay hit a three-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals snapped the Milwaukee Brewers' nine-game winning streak with a 4-0 victory Monday night.
Lynn allowed three hits over seven innings before Carlos Martinez finished off the surprising Brewers, who still have the majors' best record at 10-3. Lynn frustrated hitters by mixing a fastball that topped 95 mph with a slider.
Jhonny Peralta hit a solo shot in the second off Brewers starter Matt Garza (0-2) before Jay tagged a ball over the wall near the right field corner in the sixth.
Playoffs approaching, Blues need goalie to step up
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Exactly as advertised, Ryan Miller came to the St. Louis Blues and the goals-against went down. Until the lineup starting losing bodies.
They're hoping to get everyone on a lengthy injury list back sometime in the first round of the playoffs, and help Miller again be the cool, calm save machine they assumed they'd acquired. The Blues, who had been contending for the President's Trophy before their late-season fade, open Thursday at home as the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.
Miller won his first four starts and seven of eight after the Blues acquired him from Buffalo. He finished 0-5 with a 3.82 goals-against average and woeful .856 save percentage.
Blackhawks ready for title defense
CHICAGO (AP) - Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane had time to heal. Now, they're ready to launch a title defense.
The Chicago Blackhawks have their stars back and their sights set on a second straight Stanley Cup as they head into the playoffs this week and a first-round matchup against the rival St. Louis Blues.
Toews said Monday there have been "a lot of ups and downs" this season and that the Blackhawks have "done a great job of dealing with all that."
The Blackhawks are shooting for their third title in five years. If they win it all this time around, they'll be the first to repeat since Detroit in 1997 and 1998.
They finished fifth in the Western Conference with 107 points and earned the third seed in the Central Division.
OBIT HAL SMITH-CARDINALS
Ex-major leaguer Hal Smith dies in Arkansas
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - Former major league baseball player Hal Smith of Fort Smith, Ark., has died.
Edwards Funeral Home says Smith died Saturday at age 82. A cause of death was not released.
Smith was a native of Barling who signed with the St. Louis Cardinals as a catcher in 1949. He played for the Cardinals from 1956-61 and was named to three National League All-Star teams.
He later played briefly for Pittsburgh in 1965 before becoming a scout and coach for several teams.
Funeral services are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at East Side Baptist Church in Fort Smith.
Survivors include his wife and three children.
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