MILWAUKEE (AP) -- With Prince Fielder leading the way, the Milwaukee Brewers pounded St. Louis 9-1 last night to keep their playoff hopes alive.
The Brewers now are just two games behind the first-place Chicago Cubs in the Central Division race.
The Cubs lost 4-2 to the Marlins in Florida.
The Brewers and Cardinals wind up their series tonight at Miller Park.
The San Diego Padres then come to Milwaukee Thursday night to start a four-game series that ends the regular season.
In last night's game, Rickie Weeks led off the Brewers' half of the first with a home run and Fielder added a two-run shot.
The Brewers broke the game open with a three-run homer by Bill Hall in the fifth for a 7-1 lead.
Fielder then hit his 50th off Kip Wells in the seventh.
The two-run homer put Milwaukee ahead 9-1.
Brewers starter Jeff Suppan worked eight innings to beat his former team for the third time this year.
Chris Spurling pitched a scoreless ninth.