Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Carlos Beltran cranked a two-run homer as
part of a six-run second inning and the St. Louis Cardinals held off a late
rally to take the rubber match of a three-game set from the Milwaukee Brewers,
8-6, from Miller Park.
Allen Craig and Matt Holliday also homered for St. Louis, which has won four
of five heading into a four-game set with Major League-leading Atlanta. Shane
Robinson added three hits, all singles.
Jake Westbrook started for St. Louis and tossed 4 2/3 innings, allowing five
runs -- four earned -- on nine hits. Westbrook helped himself at the plate
however, launching a two-run double in the second that sparked the big inning.
Kevin Siegrist (2-1) got the win in relief.
Tom Gorzelanny (3-5) took the loss after getting shelled for all seven runs on
10 hits in just 3 2/3 innings.
The Cardinals struck first in the opening frame when Beltran, who had reached
on a bloop single with one away, came around to score on a slicing double off
the right field wall off the bat of Craig. Craig advanced to third but was
stranded there as Gorzelanny settled in and got Yadier Molina to ground out
softly to second.
St. Louis broke the game open in the second. With the bases loaded and no
outs, Westbrook came to the plate and drove in two with a double into the gap
in left-center. Matt Carpenter's sac fly to right plated the fourth St. Louis
run of the game, and Beltran followed by launching his home run to deep center
field. Craig's solo shot to center capped the frame.
Milwaukee cut into the deficit in the bottom of the third when Aramis Ramirez
cranked a three-run shot to left. Jean Segura reached on a Pete Kozma error to
lead off the inning, and Lucroy's single to right put runners on the corners
for Ramirez, who got all of a hanging breaking ball from Westbrook.
The Brewers ripped four consecutive singles with two gone in the fifth,
plating two runs and chasing Westbrook from the game. After Ramirez reached on
an infield single and Khris Davis advanced him to third with a single to
right, Juan Francisco and Sean Halton followed with RBI pokes, bringing
Milwaukee to within 7-5.
Siegrist took the hill and with two on and two away, issued a walk to
Logan Schafer before fanning pinch-hitter Jeff Bianchi to avoid further
Milwaukee threatened again in the eighth but Edward Mujica pitched out of a
bases loaded jam, striking out Francisco swinging.
Holliday gave the Cards an insurance run with a solo shot down the left
field line in the top of the ninth, and Mujica yielded a home run to Schafer
before earning his 33rd save of the season.
Prior to the game, Milwaukee RHP Rob Wooten was placed on paternity list. RHP
Donovan Hand was recalled from Triple-A Nashville and pitched 1 1/3 scoreless
innings of relief ... Davis went 3-for-4 ... The Brewers went 3-for-14 with
runners in scoring position and left 14 on base.
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