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Brewers lose 72nd game, matching last year's all-season total

Matt Holliday hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning Tuesday, as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 at Miller Park.

The blast came off Trevor Hoffman, the seventh Milwaukee reliever used after Manny Parra left after just one inning with neck spasms.

The Brewers tied a team record for the number of pitchers used in a nine-inning game, and manager Ken Macha said they threw their hearts out.

The Cardinals left 11 men on base, and they went 0-12 with runners in scoring position.

But none of it mattered to the Brewers after Hoffman gave up just his second homer of the season, and took the loss to go 1-2.

Blake Hawksworth got the win in relief, and Kyle McClellan picked up his third save.

Prince Fielder hit a two-run shot in the first inning, and Mike Rivera hit an RBI single in the second and the Brewers managed only one hit after that.

Albert Pujols also homered for St. Louis, which won 9 of its last 11 and maintained an 11.5 game lead in the National League Central.

The Brewers have lost two straight and six of its last eight and they now have 72 losses this season, same as all of last year.

They'll try to salvage a win over the Cardinals in their series finale this afternoon. Right-hander Jeff Suppan goes against the Redbirds' Adam Wainwright.