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He accounted for all four runs that Santos surrendered in four shaky innings by hitting a solo homer and a two-run double, then scoring on So Taguchi's single.
With those two big hits, Grudzielanek improved his career batting average against Santos to .565.
"I don't know what it is," said Grudzielanek, who is 13-for-23 against his favorite pitcher. "I'm sure he's trying to figure it out."
Santos hasn't been able to put his finger on it.
"That's the guy I hate to face when the game is on the line," Santos said. "I don't pitch him the same way every time, but he always seems to get hits off me."
Grudzielanek said there's just something about Santos' delivery that he likes.
"I just see the ball out of his hand and I can tell what it is right away, and obviously, you can see that," Grudzielanek said.
Nunez's bloop single off Wise (4-4) landed in front of center fielder Brady Clark, who was playing deep, pulled up, grabbed the ball on the bounce and fired late to home plate, where Grudzielanek scored from second.
Brewers manager Ned Yost insisted his center fielder wasn't playing too deep.
"You can't have your defensive guys everywhere. It wasn't like Brady was playing with his back against the wall. Brady came in a few steps," Yost said. "He just hit it under the coverage. It would be nice if you could have 15 guys out there, but you can't."
Grudzielanek had just stolen second after reaching on a fielder's choice. Nunez took second on the throw and scored on Taguchi's ground-rule double to make it 6-4.
"It couldn't come at a better time, he just had a huge night," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said of Grudzielanek, a Milwaukee native who had 10 family members in attendance.
Grudzielanek, Nunez and Taguchi -- the Nos. 5-7 hitters -- combined to go 8-for-13 with all eight RBI.
"That's huge because opposing pitchers are always worried about Albert Pujols and Jim Edmonds. These guys give you great at-bats," said St. Louis starter Matt Morris, who failed to get his 100th career victory because of an error by Pujols that led to two unearned runs in the fifth.
After Geoff Jenkins hit a two-run bloop single in the first, Grudzielanek cut the Cardinals' deficit in half with his seventh homer off Santos in the second inning. He added a two-run double in the fourth and scored on Taguchi's single, giving Morris a 4-2 cushion.
Santos allowed four earned runs and five hits in four innings. He was lifted for pinch-hitter Chris Magruder when the Brewers loaded the bases with one out in the fourth.
Magruder dribbled a ball to first baseman Pujols, who got the forceout at home plate despite an off-target throw that forced catcher Mike Mahoney to sprawl out with his toe touching the plate. Clark ended the threat by lining out to Nunez at third.
An error by Pujols an inning later led to two unearned runs that tied the game at 4. Carlos Lee and Wes Helms each had RBI singles in the inning that prevented Morris from improving to 13-4 on the season and 12-4 lifetime against the Brewers.
Morris allowed four runs -- two earned -- on six hits and three walks in six innings.
The Brewers (56-57), who haven't had a winning season since 1992, failed to move above .500 for the first time since May 27, when they were 24-23.
|Mark Grudzielanek brings Albert Pujols and Jim Edmonds home with this fourth-inning double. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|St. Louis Cardinals|
|David Eckstein, SS||5||1||0||0||0||1||1||.269|
|John Rodriguez, LF||5||0||0||0||0||2||0||.310|
|Albert Pujols, 1B||2||2||0||0||3||0||0||.341|
|Jim Edmonds, CF||2||1||1||0||3||0||0||.272|
|Mark Grudzielanek, 2B||5||3||3||5||0||0||2||.300|
|Abraham Nunez, 3B||5||1||3||1||0||0||3||.312|
|So Taguchi, RF||3||0||2||2||1||0||1||.285|
|Mike Mahoney, C||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.167|
|Matt Morris, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.100|
|a- Hector Luna, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.256|
|Randy Flores, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Julian Tavarez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- John Gall, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.222|
|Al Reyes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Morris in the 7th|
|b-singled for Tavarez in the 9th|
|2B - Mark Grudzielanek (24, Santos), So Taguchi (13, Wise)|
|HR - Mark Grudzielanek (7, Santos)|
|RBI - Mark Grudzielanek 5 (45), Abraham Nunez (32), So Taguchi 2 (34)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mark Grudzielanek 2 (13), Abraham Nunez (10), So Taguchi (7)|
|SB - Mark Grudzielanek (8, 2nd base off Wise/D. Miller)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|E - Albert Pujols (10, misplayed grounder)|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Randy Flores (W,2-1)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||3.73|
|Julian Tavarez (H,25)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||2.66|
|HBP - Weeks (by Matt Morris)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Matt Morris 97-62, Randy Flores 16-12, Julian Tavarez 18-11, Al Reyes 17-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Morris 7-8, Julian Tavarez 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Matt Morris 29, Randy Flores 3, Julian Tavarez 4, Al Reyes 3|
|Brady Clark, CF||5||0||0||0||0||0||3||.314|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||3||2||1||0||1||2||0||.260|
|Lyle Overbay, 1B||4||2||0||0||1||2||1||.279|
|Carlos Lee, LF||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.270|
|Geoff Jenkins, RF||4||0||1||2||0||2||2||.295|
|Damian Miller, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.268|
|Wes Helms, 3B||4||0||2||1||0||1||0||.297|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||3||0||1||0||1||0||2||.212|
|Victor Santos, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.056|
|a- Chris Magruder, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||3||.229|
|Dana Eveland, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Trent Durrington, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Julio Santana, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Matt Wise, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|c- Russell Branyan, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.266|
|Jorge De La Rosa, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-hit into fielder's choice for Santos in the 4th|
|b-grounded out for Eveland in the 6th|
|c-flied out for Wise in the 8th|
|2B - J.J. Hardy (17, Tavarez)|
|RBI - Carlos Lee (91), Geoff Jenkins 2 (56), Wes Helms (18)|
|2-OUT RBI - Geoff Jenkins 2 (13), Wes Helms (10)|
|SB - Rickie Weeks (10, 2nd base off Morris/Mahoney)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Hardy-Weeks-Overbay, Hardy-Weeks-Overbay|
|E - Rickie Weeks (11, wild throw)|
|Matt Wise (L,4-4)||1||2||2||2||1||0||0||3.47|
|Jorge De La Rosa||1||2||2||2||2||0||0||4.81|
|IBB - Pujols by Jorge De La Rosa|
|WP - Victor Santos (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Victor Santos 69-40, Dana Eveland 37-23, Julio Santana 16-10, Matt Wise 23-12, Jorge De La Rosa 26-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Victor Santos 3-6, Dana Eveland 3-1, Matt Wise 1-2, Jorge De La Rosa 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Victor Santos 18, Dana Eveland 8, Julio Santana 3, Matt Wise 6, Jorge De La Rosa 7|
|Attendance - 30260|
|Game Time - 3:01|
|Temperature - 83|
|Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Angel A. Hernandez, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Tom Hallion|