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Fielder, Brewers send Cardinals to eighth straight loss

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ST. LOUIS -- Chris Carpenter failed to prevent the St. Louis Cardinals' losing streak from reaching eight games, matching a slump they endured in June.

The 2005 NL Cy Young winner left Friday night's game with an injury to the thumb on his pitching hand that put a scare into a team already on the skids. His right thumb was swollen, although X-rays indicated no break, after a 4-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

"He took that ball right off the top of his thumb and he's got quite a bit of swelling," manager Tony La Russa said. "That's the bigger issue, even above losing the game."

Prince Fielder went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run and Tony Graffanino had three hits and an RBI to help the Brewers beat Carpenter, who was on the mound the night the Cardinals stopped their earlier eight-game skid.

La Russa was somewhat consoled by the fact his team shaved an early three-run deficit to one. The Cardinals lost 8-1 to Philadelphia on Thursday, but missed an opportunity to end the slump by going 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position on Friday.

"What's better, going 1-2-3 and out like we've been doing or having a chance to drive some in?" La Russa said. "I'd take getting them on base and getting a few home."

Doug Davis (7-6) worked into the sixth and Dan Kolb rescued him from a bases loaded jam to end that inning. Francisco Cordero got the last three outs for his third save in as many chances with Milwaukee, which has won four of six.

"I'm not really ever worried about the other team, really," Fielder said. "I just worry about our team. If we do things right, it really doesn't matter what they do."

Juan Encarnacion had two hits and two RBI, David Eckstein had two hits and his first RBI since July 7 and Scott Rolen doubled and tripled for the Cardinals. The NL Central leaders were swept in three-game series by two sub-.500 teams, the Phillies and Cubs, before falling to another team with a losing record on Friday.

The Cardinals have been outscored 54-29 during the slump, and their division lead was shaved to 2½ games over Cincinnati. In the first seven losses, the Cardinals lost only one game off their lead.

Davis allowed three runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings with three strikeouts and four walks, and is 2-0 in his last five outings, raising his career record to 58-58. All four walks were of the Cardinals' seventh- and eighth-place hitters, two each to Ronnie Belliard and Yadier Molina.

Carpenter (10-6) needed only 65 pitches to get through six innings. The Brewers bunched three of their seven hits against him in a three-run third highlighted by Fielder's two-run homer. They had two hits and Kevin Mench's sacrifice fly in the sixth for a 4-2 lead.

Graffanino had an RBI single in the third, singled and scored on Mench's sacrifice fly in the sixth and doubled in the eighth.

Carpenter was hurt with two outs in the sixth when he tried to block Bill Hall's high chopper with his glove and missed, instead taking the ball off his right thumb. Hall was retired after shortstop Eckstein played the carom and threw him out. Carpenter stayed in the game after consulting with trainer Barry Weinberg, striking out Geoff Jenkins to end the inning.

Rolen tripled and scored on Encarnacion's infield hit in the sixth to cut the deficit to one, and Carpenter was taken out for pinch-hitter Scott Spiezio with the bases loaded and two outs. Kolb, pitching for the first time in nine days, got Spiezio on a pop-up to shortstop.

"I owe him dinner, at least," Davis said. "With all my runs out there, he came in and got the job done. You can't ask for anything more than that."

Carpenter said he probably couldn't have worked the seventh, in any case.

"I don't know, I was going to go out and try," Carpenter said. "But the way it feels right now, I'm saying probably not."

Notes

Of Fielder's 21 homers, 17 have come with the bases empty and four with one on. ... Spiezio is 3-for-24 as a pinch hitter with one homer and three RBI. ... Albert Pujols and Jim Edmonds, who entered the game a combined 12-for-32 against Davis with four homers, got one hit in six at-bats against the left-hander. Pujols doubled leading off the fourth. ... The Brewers improved to 20-34 on the road, second-worst in the majors. ... The last time the Cardinals had two losing streaks of eight or more games was in 1983, when they dropped eight in a row twice.

 
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Players of the Game
Milwaukee

P. Fielder
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Milwaukee

T. Graffanino
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Milwaukee Brewers
Brady Clark, CF5000013 .286
Tony Graffanino, 2B5231001 .274
Prince Fielder, 1B4132001 .292
Kevin Mench, LF3001001 .279
Bill Hall, SS3000100 .271
Geoff Jenkins, RF3010021 .255
David Bell, 3B4010004 .273
Damian Miller, C3110000 .266
Doug Davis, P1000000 .065
    Dan Kolb, P0000000 .000
   a- Gabe Gross, PH1000011 .272
    Matt Wise, P0000000 .000
    Brian Shouse, P0000000 .000
    Derrick Turnbow, P0000000 .000
   b- Anthony Gwynn, PH1010000 .500
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
Totals3341041412 
a-struck out for Kolb in the 7th
b-singled for Turnbow in the 9th
Batting
2B - Tony Graffanino (19, Wainwright)
HR - Prince Fielder (21, Carpenter)
SF - Kevin Mench (3)
SH - Damian Miller (3), Doug Davis (6)
RBI - Tony Graffanino (33), Prince Fielder 2 (58), Kevin Mench (56)
2-OUT RBI - Tony Graffanino (8), Prince Fielder 2 (25)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Graffanino-Fielder
Milwaukee Brewers
Doug Davis (W,7-6) 5.2633430 5.01
Dan Kolb (H,6) 0.1000000 5.57
Matt Wise (H,14) 1.1100000 4.20
Brian Shouse0100000 2.63
Derrick Turnbow (H,4) 0.2000000 5.77
Francisco Cordero (S,9) 1000010 4.39
Pitches-Strikes - Doug Davis 105-58, Dan Kolb 2-1, Matt Wise 19-13, Brian Shouse 3-1, Derrick Turnbow 7-6, Francisco Cordero 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Davis 4-9, Matt Wise 2-2, Derrick Turnbow 1-1
Batters Faced - Doug Davis 26, Dan Kolb 1, Matt Wise 5, Brian Shouse 1, Derrick Turnbow 2, Francisco Cordero 3
St. Louis Cardinals
David Eckstein, SS5021000 .294
Chris Duncan, LF5000033 .289
Albert Pujols, 1B4110001 .317
Scott Rolen, 3B4120002 .316
Juan Encarnacion, RF4022001 .286
Jim Edmonds, CF4010013 .263
Ronnie Belliard, 2B2100202 .285
    Jason Isringhausen, P0000000 .000
Yadier Molina, C2000201 .213
Chris Carpenter, P1000000 .071
   a- Scott Spiezio, PH1000003 .262
    Adam Wainwright, P0000000 .500
    Aaron Miles, 2B1000000 .266
Totals333834416 
a-popped out for Carpenter in the 6th
Batting
2B - Albert Pujols (18, Davis), Scott Rolen (33, Davis), Jim Edmonds (17, Shouse)
3B - Scott Rolen (1, Davis)
SH - Chris Carpenter (7)
RBI - David Eckstein (20), Juan Encarnacion 2 (59)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Pujols-Eckstein
St. Louis Cardinals
Chris Carpenter (L,10-6) 6744031 3.06
Adam Wainwright 2200110 2.53
Jason Isringhausen 1100000 2.83
HBP - Jenkins (by Adam Wainwright)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Carpenter 65-46, Adam Wainwright 36-23, Jason Isringhausen 8-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Carpenter 10-4, Adam Wainwright 5-0, Jason Isringhausen 2-1
Batters Faced - Chris Carpenter 24, Adam Wainwright 10, Jason Isringhausen 4
Game Information
Attendance - 43162
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Jim Joyce, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Dana DeMuth