MILWAUKEE -- The St. Louis Cardinals were too tough to give up after two innings.
Scott Spiezio drove in three runs in a six-run fourth inning and the Cardinals overcame a 6-0 deficit to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 10-6 on Friday night, snapping a three-game losing streak.
"We're confident that we're tough enough between the ears that we're going to play nine," St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said. "Being down six, you're not going to win that game very often."
The Cardinals, swept in a three-game series at home this week by Cincinnati, had lost three of four since first baseman Albert Pujols was sidelined with a strained muscle in his side. They had lost six of nine overall. Pujols, the reigning NL MVP who leads the majors with 25 homers and 65 RBI, is on the 15-day disabled list and is out indefinitely.
David Eckstein had three hits and drove in two runs and So Taguchi had two hits and knocked in two runs for the Cardinals, who had 12 hits.
Jorge De La Rosa was making his third consecutive start for Milwaukee having been pushed into the starting rotation due to injuries to Ben Sheets, Tomo Ohka and Rick Helling.
Staked to a 6-0 lead, the left-hander couldn't protect it as St. Louis scored twice in the third and then six times in the fourth to chase him from the game.
After he walked the bases loaded to start the fourth, Joe Winkelsas (0-1) took over. The Cardinals scored single runs on Eckstein's single, Taguchi's walk with the bases loaded and Scott Rolen's groundout. After a walk loaded the bases, Spiezio doubled in three runs to match his career high for a game.
"They took the wind out of our sails," said Jeff Cirillo, whose RBI single capped the Brewers' scoring with two outs in the second. "This is a game of momentum. Tonight, they got it."
Winkelsas allowed three runs, two hits and two walks in one inning. De La Rosa, who appeared to have a problem with the nail on a finger of his left hand, gave up five runs, five hits and four walks.
After the game, the Brewers placed De La Rosa on the 15-day disabled list with a blister on his middle finger of his left hand.
Cardinals starter Mark Mulder allowed a walk and a single before Carlos Lee hit his 20th homer with one out in the first. Milwaukee added three runs in the second on RBI doubles by Brady Clark and Rickie Weeks and Cirillo's RBI single.
Brewers manager Ned Yost was disappointed after such a promising start against the Cardinals.
"You take a 6-0 lead the first two innings and can't hold them down," Yost said after the Cardinals improved to 3-1 this season against Milwaukee. "It makes it frustrating when it falls apart like it did in the fourth."
Mulder allowed six runs and five hits in three innings.
"He was better than the six runs on the board," La Russa said of Mulder, who has given up 22 runs and 27 hits in his last 14 innings.
Josh Hancock (2-2) picked up the victory with two perfect innings of relief. After Hancock, Tyler Johnson, Brad Thompson and Randy Flores held the Brewers scoreless until Jason Inringhausen got the final four outs for his 19th save in 23 chances.
"Everybody that came was throwing all their pitches for strikes," Cirillo said.
Cardinals relievers combined to strike out eight Brewers. ... The Cardinals covered the lens of the remote-controlled video camera near their dugout before the top of the fourth. It had focused on the team's scouting report. "That camera zoomed right down on Dave Duncan's book," said La Russa who had the power supply unplugged, too. "Why is it on our dugout and not theirs? That crosses the line." ... Cardinals 3B Rolen extended his team-best hitting streak to 13 games with a single in the first, leaving him one game shy of his career high. ... Brewers RF Geoff Jenkins, mired in a 4-for-22 slump, was dropped from his usual No. 3 spot to 7th in the lineup. ... St. Louis hadn't lost four consecutive regular season games since Sept. 27-30, 2004. They also lost four straight to the Boston Red Sox in the 2004 World Series.