Cardinals upend BrewersAug 22, 2013 - 1:18 AM 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.
"That was a big win," said Cardinals manager Mike Matheny. "That team kept coming, and fortunately we kept doing what we needed to do and got enough room. That was a tough game."
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.
"Just got to do a better job of staying away from the big inning, which I wasn't able to do," said Westbrook. "Getting two quick outs in the fifth and not being able to finish it off is pretty frustrating for me, but the bullpen came in and picked me up and the offense was great today."
Tom Gorzelanny (3-5) took the loss after getting shelled for all seven runs on 10 hits in just 3 2/3 innings.
"He didn't command the ball early," said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke. "When you don't hit your spots, they're gonna put a good swing on it."
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 damages.
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 to extend his hitting streak to eight games ... The Brewers went 3-for-14 with runners in scoring position and left 14 on base ... Jonathan Lucroy's first inning triple gave him five on the season, best in the majors amongst catchers ... St. Louis improved to 10-3 against Milwaukee this season.
- ST. LOUIS: 8
Aug 21 5:29 PM
- Logan Schafer solo Home Run (3) to right with one out. Yuniesky Betancourt due up.
Cardinals 8, Brewers 6 Bot 9, 1 OutAug 21 5:24 PM
- Matt Holliday solo Home Run (16) to left with two outs. Allen Craig due up.
Cardinals 8, Brewers 5 Top 9, 2 OutsAug 21 5:16 PM
- Sean Halton single to right scoring Khris Davis with two outs. On the play, Juan Francisco advances to second. Runners on first and second and Logan Schafer due up.
Cardinals 7, Brewers 5 Bot 5, 2 OutsAug 21 4:00 PM
- Juan Francisco single to center scoring Aramis Ramirez with two outs. On the play, Khris Davis advances to second. Runners on first and second and Sean Halton due up.
Cardinals 7, Brewers 4 Bot 5, 2 OutsAug 21 4:00 PM
- Aramis Ramirez three-run Home Run (7) to left scoring Jean Segura and Jonathan Lucroy with none out. Khris Davis due up.
Cardinals 7, Brewers 3 Bot 3, 0 OutsAug 21 3:14 PM
- Allen Craig solo Home Run (12) to center with two outs. Yadier Molina due up.
Cardinals 7, Brewers 0 Top 2, 2 OutsAug 21 2:48 PM
- Carlos Beltran two-run Home Run (22) to center scoring Jake Westbrook with one out. Matt Holliday due up.
Cardinals 6, Brewers 0 Top 2, 1 OutAug 21 2:44 PM
- Matt Carpenter sacrifice fly to right scoring Pete Kozma with one out. On the play, Jake Westbrook advances to third. Runner on third and Carlos Beltran due up.
Cardinals 4, Brewers 0 Top 2, 1 OutAug 21 2:42 PM
- Jake Westbrook double to center scoring David Freese and Shane Robinson with none out. On the play, Pete Kozma advances to third. Runners on second and third and Matt Carpenter due up.
Cardinals 3, Brewers 0 Top 2, 0 OutsAug 21 2:40 PM
- Allen Craig double to right scoring Carlos Beltran with two outs. Craig advances to third on Juan Francisco's throwing error. Runner on third and Yadier Molina due up.
Cardinals 1, Brewers 0 Top 1, 2 OutsAug 21 2:19 PM
- ST. LOUIS: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Aug 21 2:11 PM
- Brewers-Braves Preview May 23
- Cubs-Cardinals Preview May 23
- Baseball Capsules May 22
- Syndergaard Ks 11, Conforto homers as Mets sweep Brewers May 22
- Eickhoff shuts down Braves over 7 innings, Phillies win 5-0 May 22
- Greinke, Diamondbacks too much for Cardinals, 7-2 May 22
- Braun back in Brewers' lineup vs Mets after missing 4 games May 22
- LEADING OFF: Bradley's 26-game hit streak, Braun recovering May 22
- Baseball Capsules May 22
- Brewers-Mets Preview May 21
- Diamondbacks-Cardinals Preview May 21
- Late rally falls short as Diamondbacks fall to Cardinals 6-2 May 21