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Cards Lose to Brewers But Still Clinch Playoff Spot

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The Cardinals lost to the Brewers 6-4 on Sunday night, but still clinched a playoff spot for the third consecutive season. The Washington Nationals lost earlier in the day to clinch at least a wild card spot for the Cardinals in the NL Playoffs.

In the Cards game Sunday night in Milwaukee with the Brewers, the Redbirds committed three errors and lost 6-4. Joe Kelly pitched seven innings, allowing six runs, although only three of those runs were earned. Matt Carpenter hit his 11th home run of the season to cut the Milwaukee lead to 4-1. The Cardinals pulled to withing 6-4 in the 9th inning, but Brewers closer Jim Henderson struck out Matt Adams with two men on base to end the game.

The Cardinals return home for their final six games of the regular season. They play the Nationals on Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday, before finishing the regular season hosting the Cubs Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The Cardinals have a two game lead over both the Reds and Pirates in the NL Central Division race with six games to play. The Cardinals Magic Number to clinch the division is five.