Milwaukee 5, St. Louis 4

Boxscore | Recap
Friday, September 7, 2012 8:15 PM
Location - Busch Stadium
Temperature - 70°
Umpires - Home Plate - Alan Porter, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Derryl Cousins, Third Base - Jim Wolf,
Attendance - 38648

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Milwaukee 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 1 5 13 0
St. Louis 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 10 1

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Milwaukee 68-70 41-28 27-42 W1
St. Louis 74-64 42-28 32-36 L2

Recap


Brewers 5, Cardinals 4 (13): Ryan Braun belted his National League-leading 38th homer in the 13th inning to lift visiting Milwaukee in the marathon series opener.

Braun's one-out blast off Lance Lynn (13-7) also upped his NL-leading RBI total to 100 and made the reigning league MVP the first player in franchise history to record five consecutive 100-RBI seasons.

Brandon Kintzler (1-0) earned the win with a scoreless 12th and closer John Axford worked around a two-out walk to notch his 26th save as the Brewers pulled within six games of St. Louis in the wild-card race.

Martin Maldonado had three hits, including a run-scoring single, as Milwaukee won for the 14th time in 18 games following a rain delay of 2 hours and 20 minutes at the start of the contest.

Yadier Molina clubbed a tying two-run homer off Jim Henderson in the eighth inning for the Cardinals, who maintained a 1 1/2-game lead over Pittsburgh and Los Angeles for the second wild-card spot.

Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo settled down after a shaky first inning and allowed two runs on six hits while striking out six in six innings.

Kyle Lohse was charged with two runs on five hits in 6 1/3 innings but lost his bid for a ninth straight win when pinch hitter Travis Ishikawa delivered a tying RBI double off Edward Mujica in the seventh inning.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Molina's homer gave him 65 RBIs, matching his career high established in 2011. ... Henderson had not yielded a homer in his first 21 major-league appearances. ... Cardinals LF Matt Holliday (back spasms) was not in the lineup for the second straight game in what the team said was a precautionary move due to the soggy conditions. He grounded out as a pinch hitter in the ninth. ... Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez missed his second game in a row due to a lower back strain. Taylor Green was called up from the minors and started in his place. ... Cardinals RHP Chris Carpenter, who has been out all season with a nerve issue in his pitching shoulder, threw a bullpen session Friday and is scheduled to throw a simulated game Monday. The Cardinals are holding out hope that the former Cy Young Award winner can return before the end of the season.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Milwaukee   St. Louis
Yovani Gallardo Player Kyle Lohse
No Decision W/L No Decision
6.0 IP 6.1
6 Strikeouts 5
6 Hits 5
3.00 ERA 2.84
Hitting
Milwaukee   St. Louis
Martin Maldonado Player Jon Jay
3 Hits 3
1 RBI 0
0 HR 0
3 TB 3
.750 Avg .500

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Milwaukee 13 1 18 .271 17 11 4 2 2 0
St. Louis 10 1 14 .213 24 12 4 5 2 1

Upcoming Games

  • St. Louis will play their next game at home against Milwaukee. The Cardinals have a W/L % of .541 after a win and .531 after a loss.
  • Milwaukee will play their next game on the road against St. Louis. The Brewers have a W/L % of .493 after a win and .493 after a loss.