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WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Brewers blow 6-0 lead, lose to Cardinals 7-6

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MILWAUKEE -  (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Holliday hit a two-out, solo home run in the top of the ninth inning as the St. Louis Cardinals rallied to beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 7-6, in the opener of a three-game set at Miller Park.

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The Cardinals erased a six-run deficit and grabbed the lead on Holliday's third extra-base hit of the game. Holliday, who also had two doubles, drove the first pitch he saw from Francisco Rodriguez (3-3) to left field.  Trevor Rosenthal worked around a leadoff single in the bottom of the ninth to earn his 28th save of the season. Pat Neshek (4-0) picked up the win after recording the final out in the seventh with men on the corners and tossing a scoreless eighth. St. Louis closed to within a game of the NL Central-leading Brewers, who suffered a season-worst sixth straight loss. Milwaukee has dropped 10 of its last 11 overall.

The Brewers' first three batters reached base and Aramis Ramirez lofted a sacrifice fly to center with the bags full. Kelly then retired Ryan Braun on a force play at first, but Khris Davis ripped a two-run double to the gap in left-center field. Milwaukee opened the second with singles by starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo and Carlos Gomez before Scooter Gennett laced a triple into the right-field corner. Gennett scored on a two-out triple by Braun. The Cardinals, however, hit three homers off Gallardo as they rallied to tie the game.

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Brewers' minor league right-hander Mike Fiers is a late roster replacement for the Triple-"A" All Star Game on Wednesday night in Durham, North Carolina.  The Pacific Coast League named Fiers to its squad yesterday.  He's 6-4 for the Nashville Sounds with the league's fourth-lowest ERA at 2.63.  Fiers won nine games for Milwaukee in 2012.  He made four relief appearances for the Brewers in June, going 0-1 with a 2.57 ERA.

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The Milwaukee Bucks will see a lot more of LeBron James, now that he has returned to the NBA's Central Division.  James said today he would return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he started his NBA fresh out of high school at nearby Akron.  Bucks' general manager John Hammond says James' return makes Milwaukee's NBA Central the "most competitive" in the league. Hammond said James left Cleveland four years ago as "arguably" the best player in the league -- and he returns after having answered that question with a pair of league titles with the Miami Heat.  Hammond says it will not affect the Bucks' approach as a rebuilding team under new ownership and new head coach Jason Kidd.  Bucks' co-owner Marc Lasry also said it was "great" for James to move back to Milwaukee's division.  He says it's a sign that mid-market and small market teams can compete.

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Former University of Wisconsin point guard Jordan Taylor could start for the Milwaukee Bucks tonight in their Las Vegas Summer League debut against Cleveland.  After leaving Madison, Taylor spent the last two seasons playing pro ball in Italy with the Virtus Roma squad.  However, he's been out since February after having surgery to fix a hip impingement.  Taylor is no longer under contract in the Italian League, so he's back in the U.S. with the hopes of making it to an NBA team's training camp.  He could get quite an audition with the Bucks in their five-game Summer League schedule.  Coach Jason Kidd says Taylor will start tonight, if Nate Wolters cannot play.  Wolters has been struggling with an injured left ankle.  

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Madison golfer Steve Stricker moved into a tie for third place early this afternoon at the PGA's John Deere Classic in the Quad Cities.  Stricker shot a six-under-par 65 in his second round at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois.  He's at nine-under-133 at the halfway point, giving himself a chance to win the John Deere for the fourth time.  Jerry Kelly of Madison was also in the Top-10 as of early afternoon.  He's at eight-under-134, after shooting a three-under 68 today.  He was tied for sixth.  Pewaukee native Mark Wilson was just above the minus-two cut line at last word.  He was tied for 52nd at two-under-140, after shooting a 69 today.  Mequon amateur Jordan Niebrugge was just starting his second round this afternoon.  He was tied for 94th after shooting an even-par 71 yesterday.

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Wisconsin driver Johnny Sauter of Necedah will try to hang on to his season points lead in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series tonight.  Sauter has 297 points, eight more than second-place Matt Crafton, as they get ready for the American Ethanol-200 in Newton, Iowa.  The state's other NASCAR drivers are in Loudon Hampshire for a pair of races tomorrow and Sunday.  Matt Kenseth of Cambridge and Paul Menard of Eau Claire are entered in both the Nationwide Series' Sta-Green 200 tomorrow, and the Camping World RV Sales 301 on Sunday.  Both Kenseth and Menard would be in the season-ending Chase for the Sprint Cup if that ten-race series were to start today.  Kenseth is fifth in the series' point standings, and Menard is tenth.

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SCOREBOARD

MLB

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REGIONAL ACTION

St. Louis 7, Milwaukee 6

Detroit 2, Kansas City 1

Colorado 6, Minnesota 2

Cleveland 7, Chi. White Sox 4

Chi. Cubs 5, Atlanta 4

Midwest League

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Kane County 6, Beloit 3

Quad City 10, Wisconsin 5

Northwood League

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Kenosha 7, Wisconsin 2

Green Bay 14, Battle Creek 0

La Crosse 4, Lakeshore 4 (SUSPENDED)

Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 6, Madison 5

Eau Claire 10, Thunder Bay 2

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