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Cardinals belt four home runs in win over Brewers

Apr 7, 2012 - 12:14 AM Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Carlos Beltran and Matt Holiday hit back-to- back solo home runs in the third inning and World Series hero David Freese followed with a two-run shot two batters later to help the Cardinals defeat the Brewers, 11-5, on Friday.

"We know we can score runs. We got results today," said Beltran.

Yadier Molina began the home run spurt with a solo knock in the second, while Beltran finished 2-for-4 and Freese batted in three runs in the win for the defending champions.

Jaime Garcia picked up the win (1-0) by tossing six innings and giving up two runs on five hits and two walks.

Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo (0-1) was tagged for six runs on seven hits, including all four Cardinal homers, and five walks in just 3 2/3 innings.

"I don't know why [Gallardo] was out-of-sync. Once in a while he gets out of his delivery and his rhythm isn't there," said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke. "We saw in spring training where he would have it for an inning, then he would be off for awhile, but then he would get it back. Today he didn't have any innings where he was on."

Ryan Braun, last season's National League MVP, went 0-for-5 in his first game since being suspended for, and successfully appealing, a violation of Major League Baseball's drug policy.

He was greeted by a long standing ovation and chants of "MVP! MVP!" from the home crowd before lining out in the first.

Brewers backup catcher George Kottaras hit the first pinch-hit home run of his major-league career, a three-run blast in the bottom of the ninth.

"It was a special moment. My heart was racing. I thought, 'Wow,'" said Kottaras.

Milwaukee opened the scoring with two runs in the first inning as Carlos Gomez plated Rickie Weeks with a triple and Aramis Ramirez added an RBI groundout to knock in Gomez.

But the Brewers were then held scoreless until Kottaras' bomb in the ninth.

"Jamie found his groove. Things certainly could have gone a lot differently after the first inning," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said.

Molina answered in the next half-inning with an opposite-field home run on the first pitch offered by Gallardo.

The Cardinals' big third-inning began when Beltran took Gallardo deep to right-center on a 3-0 count. Then Holiday belted one to left-center on the righty's next pitch.

Gallardo next walked Lance Berkman, who trotted home when Freese launched a 1-1 fastball into Miller Park's second deck.

St. Louis tacked on a run with two outs in each of the fourth, sixth, and seventh innings, and posted three runs in the top of the ninth to seal the victory.

Freese singled in Rafael Furcal in the fourth, Berkman scored Beltran on a double in the sixth, and Shane Robinson's infield single knocked in Jon Jay to make it 8-2 in the seventh.

Matt Carpenter's pinch-hit double in the ninth brought home Molina and Daniel Delscalso before Furcal plated him with his own double.

Game Notes

Brewers outfielder Norichika Aoki, who played six seasons in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball league, made his major-league debut as a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning. He struck out against Garcia...Cardinals outfielder Erik Komatsu got his first major-league hit with an infield single in the ninth.

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  • Pinch-Hitter George Kottaras one-out, three-run Home Run (1) to scor Mat Gamel and Jonathan Lucroy. Rickie Weeks due up.

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  • Pinch-Hitter Erik Komatsu singled to second. On the play, Rafael Furcal advances to third. Runners on first and third with one out and Matt Holliday due up.

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  • Pinch-Hitter Matt Carpenter double to center scored Yadier Molina and Daniel Descalso. Runner on second with one out and Rafael Furcal due up.

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  • Pinch-Hitter Shane Robinson infield single to pitcher scored Jon Jay. Runner on first with two outs and Rafael Furcal due up.

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  • Lance Berkman double to center scored Carlos Beltran. Runner on second with two outs and David Freese due up.

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  • David Freese single to center scored Rafael Furcal. On the play, Lance Berkman advances to second. Runners on first and second with two outs and Yadier Molina due up.

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  • David Freese none-out, two-run Home Run (1) to left scored Lance Berkman. Yadier Molina due up.

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  • Matt Holliday none-out, solo Home Run (1) to left center. Lance Berkman due up.

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  • Carlos Beltran lead-off Home Run (1) to right center. Matt Holliday due up.

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  • Yadier Molina lead-off Home Run (1) to right. Jon Jay due up.

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  • Aramis Ramirez ground out third to first scored Carlos Gomez. None on with two outs and Corey Hart due up.

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  • Carlos Gomez double to left scored Rickie Weeks. On the play, Carlos Gomez advances to third on Matt Holliday's fielding error. Runner on third with none out and Ryan Braun due up.

    Cardinals 0, Brewers 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 6 4:26 PM

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