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Brewers 4, Cardinals 3

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MILWAUKEE -- Cardinals reliever Braden Looper threw the pitch he wanted -- a sinker tailing low and inside. It was just what Corey Hart had been told to look for.

Hart's RBI single in the eighth inning lifted the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night.

Hart said hitting coach Butch Wynegar had told him what Looper's approach would be just before he went to the plate.

"I was just trying to get anything to put the bat on the ball," Hart said. "I talked to Butch and he kind of let me know what the guy had. I tried to stay focused and hit the ball where they weren't."

Corey Koskie walked to lead off the eighth and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Gabe Gross. The Cardinals pulled reliever Randy Flores (0-1) for Looper.

"It's my job to get that guy out," Looper said. "I didn't get the job done."

Hart, who was pinch-hitting for reliever Matt Wise (4-3), singled up the middle on a slow roller to give Milwaukee its first lead of the game.

"I just tried to give him a quick preview of how he would throw," Wynegar said. "Braden's probably over there saying 'How in the hell did he hit that pitch?"'

Derrick Turnbow pitched a perfect ninth for his 17th save in 21 chances.

The Cardinals held a 3-2 lead in the seventh before reliever Adam Wainwright hit Rickie Weeks with a pitch. It was a major league-leading 13th time that Weeks has been hit this season. Weeks came around to score from first on Bill Hall's double to left field to tie the game 3-3.

"He pulled his hands in and made a good swing," Wainwright said. "Tip your hat to him, but I could've been a little smarter."

Starter Jason Marquis pitched in and out of trouble for the Cardinals, allowing two runs and five hits in six innings. He also walked five and struck out two.

"He looked out of whack," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "Then he gets back in there and makes pitches."

Milwaukee starter Chris Capuano gave up three runs and nine hits in seven innings. He struck out five and walked one.

"It just seemed like every hit was finding a hole," Capuano said. "It was frustrating early."

That's when the Cardinals took a 3-0 lead, scoring two in the second on an RBI single by Gary Bennett and a run-scoring ground out by Marquis. Scott Rolen added a solo home run in the third inning that extended his hitting streak to 14 games.

Milwaukee answered with a run in the third on Geoff Jenkins' RBI single, and the Brewers closed within 3-2 in the fifth on Carlos Lee's RBI single before rallying for their 20th come-from-behind victory this season.

The night before, the Brewers had an early 6-0 lead evaporate after 10 unanswered runs by the Cardinals. The series finale is Sunday.

"It's easy to shut it down after a game like that. That's tough when you're that far ahead and lose," Hart said. "But we battled today, we came back from behind and it's a big step for us going into tomorrow with all the confidence in the world we can get another victory."

Notes

Cardinals INF Hector Luna snapped an 0-for-15 skid with a single in the second inning. He went 3-for-4 in the game. ... Brewers manager Ned Yost said he hasn't decided about Wednesday's starter in Cincinnati. With four starting pitchers on the DL, Yost said he may start Capuano on four days rest rather than go with another new starter or Jeremi Gonzalez, who is suffering from shoulder tendinitis but is still active. ... Marquis recorded his first no-decision of the season. He had been the only NL pitcher with 10 or more starts to have a decision in each game. ... Brewers center fielder Brady Clark left the game after the second inning with a right shoulder injury after grounding into a double play. He will be re-evaluated on Sunday.

 
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Milwaukee

B. Hall
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
St. Louis

H. Luna
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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St. Louis Cardinals
David Eckstein, SS4020110
So Taguchi, LF4000004
Scott Rolen, 3B4111021
Juan Encarnacion, RF4020012
Jim Edmonds, CF4000012
Hector Luna, 2B-1B4130000
Chris Duncan, 1B4120013
    Braden Looper, P0000000
Gary Bennett, C3011002
   a- John Rodriguez, PH1000010
Jason Marquis, P2001010
   b- Scott Spiezio, PH1000000
    Adam Wainwright, P0000000
    Randy Flores, P0000000
    Aaron Miles, 2B1000000
Totals3631131814 
a-struck out for Bennett in the 9th
b-flied out for Marquis in the 7th
Batting
2B - David Eckstein (, Capuano), Chris Duncan (, Capuano)
HR - Scott Rolen (, Capuano)
RBI - Scott Rolen (), Gary Bennett (), Jason Marquis ()
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Rolen-Luna-Duncan, Marquis-Eckstein-Duncan
St. Louis Cardinals
Jason Marquis 6522520
Adam Wainwright (BS,) 0.1111000
Randy Flores (L,-) 1011320
Braden Looper 0.2300000
IBB - Lee by Randy Flores
HBP - Weeks (by Adam Wainwright)
WP - Jason Marquis ()
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Marquis 103-58, Adam Wainwright 10-5, Randy Flores 24-9, Braden Looper 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Marquis 7-7, Randy Flores 1-0, Braden Looper 1-1
Batters Faced - Jason Marquis 26, Adam Wainwright 3, Randy Flores 6, Braden Looper 5
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B2210201
Bill Hall, SS5021004
Geoff Jenkins, RF4021111
Carlos Lee, LF4021104
Prince Fielder, 1B3010104
Damian Miller, C3000123
Corey Koskie, 3B3100101
Brady Clark, CF1000001
    Gabe Gross, CF2000000
Chris Capuano, P1100110
   a- Jeff Cirillo, PH1000000
    Matt Wise, P0000000
   b- Corey Hart, PH1011000
    Derrick Turnbow, P0000000
Totals304948419 
a-popped out for Capuano in the 7th
b-singled for Wise in the 8th
Batting
2B - Bill Hall (, Wainwright), Prince Fielder (, Marquis)
SH - Gabe Gross ()
RBI - Bill Hall (), Geoff Jenkins (), Carlos Lee (), Corey Hart ()
2-OUT RBI - Geoff Jenkins (), Carlos Lee ()
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Weeks-Hall-Fielder, Hall-Weeks-Fielder
Milwaukee Brewers
Chris Capuano 7933151
Matt Wise (W,-) 1200010
Derrick Turnbow (S,) 1000020
WP - Chris Capuano ()
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Capuano 118-75, Matt Wise 26-17, Derrick Turnbow 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Capuano 8-6, Matt Wise 1-1, Derrick Turnbow 1-0
Batters Faced - Chris Capuano 29, Matt Wise 5, Derrick Turnbow 3
Game Information
Attendance - 36981
Game Time - 3:09
Temperature - 60
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Ed Montague, Third Base - Mark Wegner