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Lackey tries to extend Cardinals lead in NL Central

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ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 19: Starter John Lackey #41 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning at Busch Stadium on August 19, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) By Dilip Vishwanat ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 19: Starter John Lackey #41 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning at Busch Stadium on August 19, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) By Dilip Vishwanat
ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 31: Starter John Lackey #41 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning at Busch Stadium on August 31, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) By Dilip Vishwanat ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 31: Starter John Lackey #41 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning at Busch Stadium on August 31, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) By Dilip Vishwanat
ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 31: Starter John Lackey #41 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning at Busch Stadium on August 31, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) By Dilip Vishwanat ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 31: Starter John Lackey #41 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning at Busch Stadium on August 31, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) By Dilip Vishwanat
By John Bailey By John Bailey

(BaseballStL) -- In start number seven with the Cardinals, John Lackey will be thrust into the division race with the opportunity to push the Redbirds to a 5.0 game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers in the race for the top of the NL Central.

This will be his second start for the Cards against Milwaukee. His last appearance came in his first start for St. Louis after being traded from Boston. Lackey did earn a 3-2 victory allowing only two earned runs in 7.0 innings pitched.

In his six previous starts, the Cardinals have won all but one start back on August 9th in a 10-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.

Lackey is currently ranked 24th in MLB with a 3.60 strike-out/walk ratio (144/40) in his combined time with Boston and St. Louis.

Catch of the year from Peter Bourjos

In Thursday night's game, Peter Bourjos made a catch on the run to keep the Cardinals in the lead. In the eighth innings, Pat Neshek was on the mound with runners on first and second with only one out. Brewers' outfielder Logan Schafer launched the second pitch he saw into deep center field, but the speedy Bourjos made an unbelievable catch to keep the Cardinals' 3-2 lead intact. Relive the catch here and enjoy Neshek's reaction. Mobile users, click here to view the video.

Line-up

1. Carpenter 3B

2. Jay RF

3. Holliday LF

4. Peralta SS

5. Molina C

6. Wong 2B

7. Bourjos CF

8. Descalso 1B

9. Lackey P

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