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Cardinals whip the Brewers again; Hart plays for Triple-A Nashville after Aug. 2 appendectomy

The St. Louis Cardinals scored six runs in the second inning Wednesday, and then coasted to a 10-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers at Busch Stadium.

Dave Bush gave up eight runs in three and a third innings in his second start after missing two months with an arm injury. He took the loss to go 3-6.

The Milwaukee pitchers now have a combined ERA of 5.34, the highest by far among the 30 Major League teams.

Chris Carpenter won his 10th straight decision, despite raising his National League-leading ERA slightly to 2.28. He gave up three runs in six innings on eight hits and three walks.

Carpenter is now 15-3. Skip Schumacher went 4-4 with two RBI's for the Cardinals, who've won five straight and nine of their last 10.

Frank Catalanotto had three singles in four trips, and Casey McGehee had two hits and two RBI's for the Brewers, who've lost two straight.

They're now a season-low 14 games behind the first-place Cardinals in the NL Central, and they're 9.5 back for the Wild Card.

The Brewers and Cards will wrap up their series this afternoon. Left-hander Manny Parra faces veteran Cardinals' right-hander John Smoltz.

Brewers' right fielder Corey Hart will play four games for Triple-A Nashville this weekend, after having an emergency appendectomy on Aug. 2.

If all goes well, Hart will return to the Milwaukee line-up on Tuesday.

Hart says he feels fine, but his legs need to get stronger - and that will open happen by playing.

Meanwhile, reliever Seth McClung threw another bullpen session Wednesday as he gets over a sprained ligament in his right throwing elbow.

McClung says he hopes to have just one more bullpen and a simulated game before returning.

But Brewers' manager Ken Macha says he's not sure if there's enough time left for McClung to pitch in a game.