(AP) -- Late-season struggles have complicated the Milwaukee Brewers' playoff push and put them in a position that requires a dominant road stretch against the NL Central leaders.
It begins Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals, winners of eight straight at Busch Stadium. The Brewers follow that with three at second-place Pittsburgh.
Milwaukee (78-72) has dropped 14 of 19, while St. Louis (83-67) has taken 12 of 16. The Cardinals hold a 3 1/2-game lead over the Pirates and a five-game advantage over the Brewers entering the final two weeks.