ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals have a day off Monday before traveling to Milwaukee for a pivotal series against the first-place Brewers starting Tuesday.

"It's an unbelievable streak that they have been on," St. Louis outfielder Jon Jay said. "But we can't be worried about what other people are doing. We have to show up and take care of our business. The series with Milwaukee is a big one, but every game for us is now big. We have to stay positive and just take it a game at a time. We can't think ahead."

The Cardinals announced their rotation for the series against the Brewers on Sunday. Edwin Jackson will start the opener against Shaun Marcum, who attended Missouri State University. Jake Westbrook will pitch Wednesday night, and rookie Brandon Dickson is scheduled to start the Thursday afternoon game. Dickson, who was scheduled to start for Triple-A Memphis on Sunday against Nashville, is 8-9 with a 3.73 ERA. Dickson has 122 strikeouts and just 32 walks in 154 1/3 innings with Memphis.

Left-hander Jaime Garcia is being skipped in Milwaukee, and he'll return to the rotation when the club returns home. Garcia was available out of the bullpen for Sunday's finale against the Pirates.

Cardinals reliever Jason Motte has been very impressed with the recent play of the Brewers.

"The run they are on right now is ridiculous," Motte said. "They really do have a good team, and those guys just don't lose these days. They have good starting pitching, good hitters, good defense and a good bullpen. It's not that they're getting lucky. They've just been going out and playing the game well.

"As far as us, we have to go out and worry about ourselves. We have to go out there and do whatever we do to win ballgames. Everything is big for us from now on. It doesn't matter what they do. We have to win ballgames."

Motte thriving out of Cardinals' bullpen

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals reliever Jason Motte is in a groove.

He notched his 17th consecutive scoreless appearance Sunday, pitching a perfect ninth for his first save of the season in the Cardinals' 7-4 win over the Pirates. He has allowed only one hit in that stretch over 14 1/3 innings.

"The arm feels good, everything feels good," Motte said. "I am just trying to throw strikes and get ahead in the count and get them out. That's about it."

Motte has gotten enough outs in the last 17 appearances to lower his ERA to 1.70, which ranks in the top 10 among National League relievers. He hasn't allowed an earned run since June 23.

Motte is still not sure exactly what his current role is in the bullpen.

"Everyone just goes out there every day ready to go," Motte said. "When the phone rings and your name is called, you get up and get loose. That's kind of how we go. For me, I just want to go out there and do whatever I can to help the team. It doesn't matter whether it's the fifth, sixth, seventh, whenever. It doesn't matter to me. Whenever they tell me to get ready, I get going."

Baby birds

• Double-A Springfield first baseman Matt Adams celebrated his Texas League Player of the Year Award with a three-run homer Saturday as the Cardinals defeated Arkansas, 7-3. Springfield scored all of its runs in the first four innings.

Adams' homer gave him 98 RBIs, which broke the Springfield record of 97 set by Travis Hanson in 2005.

• Nashville scored three runs off the Redbirds' Jess Todd in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat Triple-A Memphis, 6-3. Todd, who fell to 1-4, allowed four hits and three earned runs in 1 1/3 innings.

• Tyler Lyons lost for the first time since July 3 as Class A Palm Beach fell to Jupiter, 7-4. Lyons, a southpaw from Oklahoma State University, allowed seven earned runs in 5 1/3 innings to fall to 8-4. Xavier Scruggs hit his team-high 18th home run for Palm Beach.


• Left-hander Marc Rzepczynski has performed well in the bullpen since his acquisition in the Colby Rasmus trade. Rzepczynski has allowed only one earned run in 11 innings since the trade.

• St. Louis had a revamped lineup for the series finale Sunday against Pittsburgh. Albert Pujols, Rafael Furcal and Yadier Molina were out of the starting lineup. Lance Berkman played first base and hit cleanup behind Matt Holliday. Ryan Theriot got the start at shortstop, while Gerald Laird was behind the plate.