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Brewers 12, Cardinals 2

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ST. LOUIS -- Claudio Vargas' longest outing in four years produced a victory and put the Milwaukee Brewers' staff in good shape for a tough weekend.

Vargas worked eight innings and was backed by a 19-hit attack in a 12-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday. Brewers starters lasted five and 5 1/3 innings the previous two games.

"I feel really good because we've gota doubleheader tomorrow and they really needed the starter to go deep in the game," Vargas said. "And I did."

Corey Hart homered, doubled and singled, Kevin Mench matched his career high with four hits and Tony Graffanino had three RBI. The Brewers won for only the third time in their last 11 road games and took a three-game lead in the NL Central over the Cubs.

Milwaukee is 5-1 against the Cardinals this year, outscoring them 35-5 in the last four games, and rebounded nicely after dropping three of four at Cincinnati.

"When things go a little bit south, they find ways to bounce back and make good things happen," manager Ned Yost said. "That's the thing I enjoy so much about these young kids.

"They don't panic like some people, they stay steady in their approach, and keep plugging away."

Mike Maroth (0-4) surrendered seven runs and 11 hits and exited after facing one batter in the fifth for the Cardinals, who have dropped three of the first four in a crucial seven-game homestand against the top two teams in the NL Central.

Maroth has a 9.20 ERA in six starts with the starter-starved Cardinals, and in his last three has been particularly horrendous, allowing 23 earned runs and 31 hits in only 14 innings, although he'll stay in the rotation for now. Manager Tony La Russa said the coaches determined in the first inning that Maroth was tipping his pitches.

"I don't care what your location is, it makes it impossible to get guys out," La Russa said. "You can't just automatically fix it, but it will give him a better chance."

Vargas (9-2) won his third straight start, striking out eight and walking one. He allowed two runs and nine hits, striking out the side in the seventh.

The Brewers, who entered with an NL-worst .228 average since the All-Star break, batted around in a five-run third that featured a season-high seven hits. They battered Maroth before and after a 39-minute rain delay in the third, with four hits before the delay and three more when the inning resumed.

"I really don't know what to say," Maroth said. "Things haven't been going the way I would have liked them to."

Milwaukee batted around again two innings later, scoring four times.

Hart doubled and scored in the third, hit his 15th homer in the fourth and had an RBI single in the fifth; J.J. Hardy had RBI singles in the third and fifth; Bill Hall was 3-for-4 with a two-run single in the third; and Tony Graffanino drove in two runs with a bloop single in the third and a bases loaded hit by pitch in the fifth.

"I was really pleased with our approaches," Yost said. "I just wanted to remind them they're the same team that's (19) games over .500 at home. It's the same team."

Gary Bennett had two hits and a sacrifice fly and drove in both runs for St. Louis. The Cardinals allowed double-digit scoring for the fifth time in the last 14 games and 13th time overall.

With the game out of hand, La Russa moved second baseman Adam Kennedy to shortstop for the first time in his career in the eighth. He also gave outfielder So Taguchi his third-ever stint at second base, and Taguchi botched a relay on a potential double play ball for an error in the ninth.

Notes

In the fifth inning the Brewers announced they had acquired RHP Seth McClung from Tampa Bay in exchange for RHP Grant Balfour, who was designated for assignment earlier Friday. McClung will be optioned to Triple-A Nashville. ... Johnny Estrada is 4-for-5 against Maroth after getting two hits and an RBI, Hall is 3-for-4 and Hart is 4-for-6. ... Vargas is 2-4 with a 6.87 ERA against the Cardinals. ... Vargas has two previous eight-inning stints, the last on June 23, 2003 with the Expos. His previous long this year was six innings.

 
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Players of the Game
Milwaukee

C. Hart
AB 6
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Milwaukee

C. Vargas
IP 8.0
H 9
ER 2
BB 1
K 8
 

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Milwaukee Brewers
Corey Hart, RF6232001 .287
J.J. Hardy, SS4122000 .271
   a- Craig Counsell, PH-SS1000100 .238
Ryan Braun, 3B5011021 .348
Prince Fielder, 1B4110002 .284
   b- Rickie Weeks, PH-2B2010003 .217
Bill Hall, CF5232001 .276
Kevin Mench, LF5340001 .285
Johnny Estrada, C4121110 .280
Tony Graffanino, 2B-1B4213002 .243
Claudio Vargas, P4000025 .129
   c- Geoff Jenkins, PH1011000 .262
    Scott Linebrink, P0000000 .000
Totals4512191225  
a-flied out for Hardy in the 8th
b-singled for Fielder in the 8th
c-doubled for Vargas in the 9th
Batting
2B - Corey Hart (18, Maroth), Prince Fielder (27, Maroth), Bill Hall (26, Maroth), Geoff Jenkins (15, Keisler)
HR - Corey Hart (15, Maroth)
SF - Ryan Braun (4)
RBI - Corey Hart 2 (43), J.J. Hardy 2 (60), Ryan Braun (46), Bill Hall 2 (41), Johnny Estrada (36), Tony Graffanino 3 (29), Geoff Jenkins (39)
2-OUT RBI - Bill Hall 2 (13), Johnny Estrada (19), Tony Graffanino (9)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Weeks-Counsell-Graffanino
E - Ryan Braun (12, Throwing), Bill Hall (9, Throwing)
Milwaukee Brewers
Claudio Vargas (W,9-2) 8922180 4.30
Scott Linebrink 1000110 3.72
Pitches-Strikes - Claudio Vargas 117-79, Scott Linebrink 9-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Claudio Vargas 7-10, Scott Linebrink 1-0
Batters Faced - Claudio Vargas 35, Scott Linebrink 3
St. Louis Cardinals
David Eckstein, SS3000003 .298
   a- So Taguchi, PH-2B1000110 .294
Skip Schumaker, RF-CF5010021 .303
Albert Pujols, 1B3000001 .313
    Randy Keisler, P1010000 .167
Chris Duncan, LF-1B^LF4000032 .290
Jim Edmonds, CF3110100 .231
    Yadier Molina, 1B0000000 .246
Scott Rolen, 3B2110001 .264
   b- Aaron Miles, PH-3B2020000 .281
Adam Kennedy, 2B-SS4010024 .224
Gary Bennett, C3022001 .231
Mike Maroth, P2000001 .214
    Kelvin Jimenez, P0000000 .000
   c- Ryan Ludwick, PH-LF^RF2000012 .247
Totals3529229  
a-struck out for Eckstein in the 7th
b-singled for Rolen in the 6th
c-hit into fielder's choice for Jimenez in the 6th
Batting
2B - Skip Schumaker (7, Vargas)
SF - Gary Bennett (4)
RBI - Gary Bennett 2 (13)
2-OUT RBI - Gary Bennett (5)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Eckstein-Kennedy-Pujols
E - So Taguchi (3, Missed catch of throw)
St. Louis Cardinals
Mike Maroth (L,5-6) 41177031 6.19
Kelvin Jimenez 2433120 9.76
Randy Keisler 3421100 5.19
HBP - Graffanino (by Kelvin Jimenez)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Maroth 79-48, Kelvin Jimenez 40-26, Randy Keisler 43-30
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Maroth 5-4, Kelvin Jimenez 2-1, Randy Keisler 4-6
Batters Faced - Mike Maroth 23, Kelvin Jimenez 11, Randy Keisler 15
Game Information
Attendance - 45137
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Larry Vanover, Third Base - Charlie Reliford