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Brewers' Lee saves game with glove, wins it with HR

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ST. LOUIS -- Carlos Lee saved the game with his underrated glove, then won it with his bat.

Lee hit a tiebreaking home run in the 11th inning, minutes after making a pair of game-saving catches at the left-field wall, helping the Milwaukee Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 on Thursday to avoid a three-game sweep.

"That's baseball, you know," Lee said about his crucial sequence. "It happens. It's a first for me."

The Cardinals couldn't overcome the first two-error game of center fielder Jim Edmonds' career, which led to a pair of unearned runs and a 3-1 deficit in the fifth. St. Louis lost for the first time in three games at new Busch Stadium.

"I don't know what to say," Edmonds said. "It cost us the game, so I've got to deal with it."

Lee leaped high above the wall to snare Juan Encarnacion's bid for a two-run homer for the first out in the bottom of the 10th. Then he caught Edmonds' drive to the wall off Jorge De La Rosa (1-0) with runners on first and third for the third out, banging into the padding after the grab.

Manager Ned Yost said Lee, who leads the Brewers with four homers and nine RBI and is batting .344, doesn't get enough credit defensively.

"I think he's a very solid left fielder," Yost said. "You don't make a play any better than that."

Lee's drive just inside the left-field foul pole came off closer Jason Isringhausen (0-2), who surrendered his second crucial homer in four days. The Cubs' Michael Barrett hit a grand slam on Sunday off Isringhausen, who allowed only four homers in 59 innings last season and entered the season trailing only Mariano Rivera for fewest homers allowed since 2000 with 22 in 382 innings.

"He's one of the best closers out there in the game," Lee said. "I was just trying to get on base, I was just trying to put the ball in play.

"I hit it real good."

Isringhausen, who has allowed two homers in three innings this season, was booed as he walked off the field with one out in the 11th.

"It's just kind of snowballing," Isringhausen said. "I'm sure people are saying I don't have anything left in the tank. Whatever. I still know I've got good enough stuff to get people out."

Brady Clark and Bill Hall drove in a run apiece and Derrick Turnbow got the last three outs for his fifth save in five chances for the Brewers, who snapped a three-game losing streak after a 5-0 start to the season.

Edmonds, who has won six consecutive Gold Gloves since joining the team in 2000 and has eight overall, committed fielding errors in the second and fifth. He complained Wednesday night that he was having trouble judging balls in the new ballpark because the crack of the bat is not as pronounced as it was at the old Busch.

On Thursday he said the decorative pattern cut into the grass can make balls behave erratically. Mostly, Edmonds said he was trying to compensate for a .176 average.

"Obviously, I'm not hitting the way I want," Edmonds said. "So, I was trying to make it up for it on defense."

Edmonds dropped a drive near the wall that was ruled a double on Wednesday and said he had no idea where he was in relation to the wall. Another Cardinal perennial Gold Glover, third baseman Scott Rolen, committed his second error in two games on Thursday when he bobbled Corey Koskie's slow roller several times in the sixth.

The first triple at the new stadium, by David Eckstein leading off the sixth, helped the Cardinals tie it. Rolen increased his team-leading RBI total to 12 with a one-out single and Edmonds followed with a sacrifice fly.

Edmonds' second fielding error of the game helped the Brewers score twice in the fifth to take a 3-1 lead. He misplayed Clark's two-out RBI single, missing it with his glove, allowing a second run to score.

Koskie doubled off the center-field wall on one hop with one out in the second and went to third when Edmonds dropped the ball out of his glove for an error. Koskie scored on Hall's sacrifice fly to put Milwaukee ahead.

Encarnacion's first RBI of the season, a one-out grounder with runners at second and third, tied it in the third for St. Louis.

Notes

  • Cardinals 2B Aaron Miles and C Yadier Molina, in a combined 0-for-25 slump, did not start. Miles entered in a double switch in the 10th.
  • Brewers 2B Jeff Cirillo had a pair of nice fielding plays to rob Albert Pujols in the third and Hector Luna in the second.
  • Paid attendance of 40,222 gave the Cardinals a third straight sellout.
 
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Carlos Lee gets a well-deserved hand from Dale Sveum after his go-ahead homer leading off the 11th. (AP)
Carlos Lee gets a well-deserved hand from Dale Sveum after his go-ahead homer leading off the 11th. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

C. Lee
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
St. Louis

S. Rolen
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Milwaukee Brewers
Brady Clark, CF4011100 .194
Jeff Cirillo, 2B5000012 .125
    Jorge De La Rosa, P0000000 .000
    Derrick Turnbow, P0000000 .000
Geoff Jenkins, RF4000111 .286
Carlos Lee, LF5121002 .344
Corey Koskie, 3B4110001 .400
    Matt Wise, P0000000 .000
    Dan Kolb, P0000000 .000
    Rickie Weeks, 2B1010000 .286
Bill Hall, SS-3B4001002 .200
Prince Fielder, 1B4020111 .294
Chad Moeller, C4110114 .222
Doug Davis, P2100002 .000
   a- Gabe Gross, PH1000010 .333
    Justin Lehr, P0000000 .000
    J.J. Hardy, SS2000013 .257
Totals404834618 
a-struck out for Davis in the 7th
Batting
2B - Corey Koskie (2, Suppan)
HR - Carlos Lee (4, Isringhausen)
SF - Bill Hall (1)
RBI - Brady Clark (1), Carlos Lee (9), Bill Hall (3)
2-OUT RBI - Brady Clark (1)
SB - Geoff Jenkins (1, 2nd base off Suppan/Bennett), Rickie Weeks (2, 2nd base off Isringhausen/Bennett)
CS - Brady Clark (1, 2nd base by Isringhausen/Bennett)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - J.J. Hardy (1, misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
Doug Davis 6533140 4.76
Justin Lehr 1000000 0.00
Matt Wise 2100110 0.00
Dan Kolb 0.2200000 0.00
Jorge De La Rosa (W,1-0) 0.1000000 0.00
Derrick Turnbow (S,5) 1000110 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Doug Davis 88-52, Justin Lehr 15-10, Matt Wise 35-25, Dan Kolb 16-11, Jorge De La Rosa 1-1, Derrick Turnbow 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Davis 5-9, Justin Lehr 2-1, Matt Wise 3-3, Derrick Turnbow 1-1
Batters Faced - Doug Davis 24, Justin Lehr 3, Matt Wise 9, Dan Kolb 4, Jorge De La Rosa 1, Derrick Turnbow 4
St. Louis Cardinals
David Eckstein, SS5130000 .289
Juan Encarnacion, RF5011022 .200
Albert Pujols, 1B3100203 .276
Scott Rolen, 3B5021002 .371
Jim Edmonds, CF4001012 .176
So Taguchi, LF3000011 .167
    Adam Wainwright, P0000000 .000
   a- John Rodriguez, PH1000000 .333
    Brad Thompson, P0000000 .000
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
    Aaron Miles, 2B0000100 .292
Hector Luna, 2B4000000 .286
    Jason Isringhausen, P0000000 .000
    Ricardo Rincon, P0000000 .000
   b- Jason Marquis, PH0000000 .167
Gary Bennett, C4020000 .286
   c- Scott Spiezio, PH1000001 .000
Jeff Suppan, P2100011 .000
    Skip Schumaker, LF3000013 .273
Totals403833615 
a-popped out for Wainwright in the 9th
b-hit a sacrifice bunt for Rincon in the 11th
c-flied out for Bennett in the 11th
Batting
2B - David Eckstein (1, Davis)
3B - David Eckstein (1, Davis)
SF - Jim Edmonds (1)
SH - Jason Marquis (1)
RBI - Juan Encarnacion (1), Scott Rolen (12), Jim Edmonds (7)
SB - Albert Pujols (2, 2nd base off Wise/Moeller)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Jim Edmonds 2 (2, misplayed grounder), Scott Rolen (2, misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
Jeff Suppan 6531220 4.09
Adam Wainwright 3100020 0.00
Brad Thompson 0.1000110 2.08
Randy Flores 0.1000000 3.00
Jason Isringhausen (L,0-2) 0.2211001 15.00
Ricardo Rincon 0.2000110 6.75
WP - Jeff Suppan (1), Adam Wainwright (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Suppan 107-69, Adam Wainwright 38-29, Brad Thompson 9-5, Randy Flores 1-1, Jason Isringhausen 15-9, Ricardo Rincon 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Suppan 9-8, Adam Wainwright 4-3, Ricardo Rincon 1-0
Batters Faced - Jeff Suppan 26, Adam Wainwright 10, Brad Thompson 2, Randy Flores 1, Jason Isringhausen 3, Ricardo Rincon 3
Game Information
Attendance - 40222
Game Time - 3:41
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Bruce Froemming, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Brian Runge