Now the Cardinals' NL Central lead is down to a half-game.
Jason Marquis got just six outs and St. Louis fell behind by eight runs in the third inning, losing to the Milwaukee Brewers 9-4 Thursday night.
In a swoon that could become one of baseball's historic collapses, St. Louis (81-77) has lost eight of nine and wasted nearly all of what was a
seven-game lead with 13 to play.
Houston (81-78), which beat Pittsburgh 3-0 for its ninth straight win, closes with a three-game series at Atlanta while the Cardinals play the Brewers
three more times. If it's needed to decide the division, the Cardinals will host San Francisco on Monday in the makeup of a Sept. 17 rainout.
Jeff Weaver, 0-3 with a 6.82 ERA at home, starts for the Cardinals on Friday against Chris Capuano.
Bill Hall was 3-for-4 with a two-run homer in the first off Marquis (14-16), who allowed six runs, five hits and two walked in two-plus innings.
Marquis is 0-4 with an 8.46 ERA in five September starts and was booed by the sellout crowd of 40,313 as he left.
Doug Davis (11-11) won for the first time in four starts despite walking eight -- one shy of his career high -- in six innings. He allowed one run and
two hits, striking out seven.
Preston Wilson and Scott Rolen homered for the Cardinals. Albert Pujols was 0-for-4 in the opener of a four-game series with a pop-up, a double-play
ball, a walk and a foulout.
Hall homered for the second time in three games and is 15-for-28 in his last eight games with three homers and nine RBIs.
Mike Rivera hit an RBI double in the second and scored on Tony Gwynn Jr.'s single to make it 4-0. After the Brewers got their first two runners on in
the third, Josh Hancock relieved and allowed consecutive RBI doubles to Corey Hart and David Bell, Rivera's sacrifice fly and Gwynn's run-scoring
Rolen had been in a 4-for-33 slump before hitting his 22nd homer off Chris Spurling in a three-run eighth. Wilson added a two-run double.
St. Louis SS David Eckstein was a late lineup scratch after doing drills on the field before the game, missing his fifth straight start. He grounded
out as a pinch hitter in the third. ... Hall's homer was the first allowed by the Cardinals in 38 innings at home. ... Davis topped 200 innings for
the third consecutive season and joined teammates Capuano and Dave Bush as the first Brewers trio to make it to 200 since 1993, when Cal Eldred, Jaime
Navarro and Ricky Bones did it. ... Davis threw 114 pitches, half of them strikes. He walked nine on April 23 against the Reds.
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