ST. LOUIS -- Milwaukee Brewers manager Ned Yost made some unusual moves Tuesday night to create a sense of urgency for his team.
He intentionally walked Albert Pujols in the third inning. He played his infield in in the fourth. He even pulled his starting pitcher after four innings.
It all worked as the Brewers rallied from an early four-run deficit for a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Bill Hall, who had been batting .200 in July, hit a two-run double in the eighth to give the Brewers the lead.
"We had a tough decision in the fifth," Yost said of lifting starter Doug Davis for a pinch hitter. "I figured, 'Let's go for it,' and see if we can't get back in the game. We had some big performances to do it."
Lyle Overbay homered and Brady Clark had three hits and an RBI for the Brewers, who beat the Cardinals for only the second time in eight meetings and ended St. Louis' five-game winning streak. The Cardinals, who led 4-0 entering the fifth, stranded 10 runners.
"We had a couple of chances to add runs and we missed," manager Tony La Russa said. "And it was very costly."
Pujols hit a two-run homer, his third in five games since the All-Star break, for the Cardinals. Scott Rolen and Einar Diaz each had an RBI, but the Cardinals lost for only the 10th time in 40 games against NL Central competition. They're 52-3 when leading after seven innings.
Hall, who struck out as a pinch hitter in the seventh and stayed in the game, had been 0-for-9 before his liner to the opposite field just inside the right-field line off Julian Tavarez (1-2). It was the third consecutive hit off Tavarez following an infield hit by Geoff Jenkins off the pitcher's glove that extended his hitting streak to 12 games and a single by Damian Miller that put runners at the corners.
"I was sitting off-speed the whole at-bat," Hall said. "I figured with them throwing me a lot of off-speed pitches yesterday, why not do it with the game on the line and me needing a big hit? He finally threw me a slider I could put in play."
Tavarez said he was thrown off his game after stabbing at Jenkins' infield grounder, a ball he figured could have been easily fielded by second baseman Mark Grudzielanek.
"It's tough not to react to it, so my reaction was to catch the ball and I should have never let it," Tavarez said. "It cost me the game."
Miller scored the go-ahead run on a close play at the plate with Diaz, the catcher, missing a sweeping tag on an off-line relay from right fielder Hector Luna.
Matt Wise (4-2) allowed one hit and struck out one in a scoreless seventh, Julio Santana escaped a two-on, two-out situation in the eighth by getting pinch-hitter Jim Edmonds to fly out and Derrick Turnbow worked the ninth for his 20th save in 22 chances.
Pujols hit his 25th homer into the Brewers' bullpen in left with one out in the first on a full count off Doug Davis. That apparently impressed Yost to the point that Pujols was intentionally walked with one out and a runner on third in the third.
Since the break, Pujols is 7-for-20 with three homers and six RBI and has scored seven runs.
Rolen's sacrifice fly in the third and Diaz' RBI single in the fourth made it 4-0.
Consecutive doubles by Miller and Russell Branyan to start the fifth plus an RBI single by Clark later in the inning cut the gap in half. Overbay hit his 12th homer off Jeff Suppan leading off the sixth.
The left-handed Davis lasted four innings, giving up four runs and six hits against a lineup loaded with seven right-handed hitters with Edmonds (hamstring, groin) and Larry Walker both resting. In two starts against the Cardinals this season he's pitched 8 1/3 innings and surrendered eight runs.
The Cardinals' 1982 World Series champions were honored before the game on Whitey Herzog bobblehead day. ... A sellout crowd of 44,270 enabled the Cardinals to top 2 million in attendance Tuesday and the franchise is on pace for record numbers in the final season at Busch Stadium. ... Jenkins is batting .413 (19-for-46) during his hitting streak. ... After the game, the Brewers optioned RHP Wes Obermueller to Triple-A Nashville and recalled RHP Justin Lehr from there.
|Players of the Game|
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|Brady Clark, CF||4||0||3||1||0||0||0||.316|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||5||0||0||0||0||3||5||.256|
|Lyle Overbay, 1B||5||1||2||1||0||2||1||.276|
|Carlos Lee, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.264|
|Geoff Jenkins, RF||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.271|
|Damian Miller, C||4||2||2||0||0||0||0||.274|
|Russell Branyan, 3B||2||1||2||1||0||0||0||.272|
|a- Bill Hall, PH-3B||2||0||1||2||0||1||0||.274|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.206|
|Doug Davis, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.140|
|b- Wes Helms, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.286|
|Dana Eveland, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Chris Magruder, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.234|
|Matt Wise, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jorge De La Rosa, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Julio Santana, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Trent Durrington, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Derrick Turnbow, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Branyan in the 7th|
|b-grounded out for Davis in the 5th|
|c-popped out for Eveland in the 7th|
|d-doubled for Santana in the 9th|
|2B - Damian Miller (16, Suppan), Russell Branyan (7, Suppan), Bill Hall (20, Tavarez), Trent Durrington (1, Eldred)|
|HR - Lyle Overbay (12, Suppan)|
|SH - Brady Clark (6)|
|RBI - Brady Clark (32), Lyle Overbay (43), Russell Branyan (23), Bill Hall 2 (42)|
|2-OUT RBI - Brady Clark (16), Bill Hall 2 (12)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Outfield Assists - Brady Clark 1|
|DP - Clark-Overbay|
|E - Bill Hall (11, Misplayed grounder)|
|Matt Wise (W,4-2)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.77|
|Jorge De La Rosa (H,4)||0.2||2||0||0||0||0||0||4.85|
|Julio Santana (H,9)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.18|
|Derrick Turnbow (S,20)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.18|
|IBB - Pujols by Doug Davis|
|Pitches-Strikes - Doug Davis 76-37, Dana Eveland 31-22, Matt Wise 28-18, Jorge De La Rosa 16-10, Julio Santana 1-1, Derrick Turnbow 21-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Davis 6-4, Dana Eveland 2-1, Matt Wise 2-1, Jorge De La Rosa 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Doug Davis 20, Dana Eveland 8, Matt Wise 5, Jorge De La Rosa 4, Julio Santana 1, Derrick Turnbow 3|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|David Eckstein, SS||5||0||2||0||0||0||2||.277|
|Cal Eldred, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|So Taguchi, CF||4||2||1||0||0||1||3||.272|
|a- Jim Edmonds, PH-CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.271|
|Albert Pujols, 1B||4||1||1||2||1||1||0||.338|
|Scott Rolen, 3B||3||0||1||1||1||1||0||.242|
|Mark Grudzielanek, 2B||5||0||1||0||0||1||2||.286|
|Hector Luna, RF||4||1||2||0||0||0||2||.250|
|John Rodriguez, LF||3||0||1||0||1||1||2||.250|
|Einar Diaz, C||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.239|
|Jeff Suppan, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.219|
|Randy Flores, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Al Reyes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ray King, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Julian Tavarez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Abraham Nunez, PH-SS||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.302|
|a-flied out for Taguchi in the 8th|
|b-singled for Tavarez in the 8th|
|2B - David Eckstein (11, De La Rosa)|
|3B - So Taguchi (2, Davis)|
|HR - Albert Pujols (25, Davis)|
|SF - Scott Rolen (1)|
|SH - Jeff Suppan (3)|
|RBI - Albert Pujols 2 (75), Scott Rolen (28), Einar Diaz (13)|
|SB - Scott Rolen (1, 2nd base off Wise/D. Miller), Mark Grudzielanek (7, 2nd base off Wise/D. Miller)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Pujols|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Randy Flores (H,6)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.42|
|Al Reyes (H,11)||0.2||2||0||0||0||1||0||2.17|
|Julian Tavarez (BS,1; L,1-2)||1||3||2||2||0||0||0||2.55|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Suppan 91-61, Randy Flores 3-3, Al Reyes 13-9, Ray King 6-3, Julian Tavarez 16-11, Cal Eldred 15-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Suppan 8-7, Julian Tavarez 1-1, Cal Eldred 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Jeff Suppan 24, Randy Flores 1, Al Reyes 4, Ray King 1, Julian Tavarez 5, Cal Eldred 4|
|Attendance - 44270|
|Game Time - 3:35|
|Temperature - 86|
|Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Ed Montague, Third Base - Jerry Layne|