Milwaukee at St. Louis

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Brewers blow 5-run lead to Cards, up only half-game on Cubs

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ST. LOUIS -- The Milwaukee Brewers' NL Central lead is nearly gone after another terrible week on the road.

Ryan Ludwick's bases-loaded walk broke an eighth-inning tie, Albert Pujols followed with a three-run double and the St. Louis Cardinals rallied from a five-run deficit to beat the Brewers 9-5 Sunday.

On Saturday, the Cardinals came back from six down in a 7-6 victory in a doubleheader opener.

"Those are timely hits," said Scott Rolen, whose 1,000th RBI came on a single that tied the score for the second straight day. "We haven't had that, but we did the last couple of days."

Milwaukee, which led the division by 8½ games before play on June 24, is just a half-game ahead of the Chicago Cubs. It's the Brewers' smallest margin in the Central since before play on April 22.

"We're still in first," reliever Derrick Turnbow said. "We've just got to play better, like we're capable, and I think everything will be fine."

Milwaukee completed a 2-6 trip and has lost 11 of 14 on the road, dropping to 21-32 away from home. At Miller Park, the Brewers' are 36-17, the best home record in the NL.

"We're going home and it's a good chance to get on a roll again," Turnbow said, looking ahead to a homestand against the Mets and Phillies.

Turnbow can't explain the Brewers' road woes.

"That's the million dollar question, so to speak," he said. "We've got to figure it out someway, somehow, and very quickly."

The defending champion Cardinals, who trailed by 10½ games at the end of June, are just six games back despite a pitching staff devastated by injuries. St. Louis won three straight for the first time since June 3-6.

"It would have been very easy a whole bunch of times to say 'This is not our year,"' manager Tony La Russa said. "We could have just disappeared. If we start doing the baseball things better, character-wise we're in great shape and we can have some fun."

St. Louis closed to 5-4 in a four-run fifth inning, then went ahead in a five-run eighth against Turnbow (2-4) and Carlos Villanueva.

Rolen tied it with a one-out single following singles by pinch-hitter Skip Schumaker and Yadier Molina. David Eckstein's single, his third hit of the game, loaded the bases and Villanueva relieved.

Ludwick, who drove in the go-ahead runs in both ends of Saturday's doubleheader, walked on a 3-2 pitch for a 6-5 lead. Pujols then broke open the game.

Brewers manager Ned Yost tried to take the loss in stride. Closer Francisco Cordero gave up three runs in the ninth inning on Saturday, and this time he never got a chance to pitch.

"I've never felt comfortable, especially in this ballpark, with any lead," Yost said. "The other night we had a huge lead and I was never comfortable. Those guys can really swing the bat."

Yost had a simple message for his team, bidding for the franchise's first winning season since 1992.

"Keep your heads up," Yost said. "We'll go home and rest, take it easy, and go after it again on Tuesday."

Ryan Franklin (4-0) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings for the win.

Cardinals starter Kip Wells allowed five runs and 11 hits in five innings. Milwaukee rookie Yovani Gallardo didn't allow a hit until the fifth, when he gave up four runs and four hits.

Ryan Braun's RBI single and Johnny Estrada's two-run single put the Brewers ahead in the third, and Gallardo had a two-run, two-out single in the fifth.

Scott Spiezio, activated from the 15-day disabled list before the game and playing for only the fifth time since June 26, doubled to start the fifth. Eckstein fouled off seven 0-2 pitches before lofting an RBI double, and the Cardinals added two more runs on Estrada's passed ball and Ludwick's groundout.

St. Louis loaded the bases with one out in the seventh against Scott Linebrink when Pujols was intentionally walked. Chris Duncan struck out and Jim Edmonds flied out.

Notes

  • Estrada is 7-for-15 against Wells.
  • Brian Shouse worked a scoreless sixth for Milwaukee and has not allowed an earned run in his last 20 appearances covering 17 2/3 innings.
  • The Cardinals lead the NL with 46 pinch hits.
 
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Albert Pujols knocks a 3-run double and the Cards are suddenly within shouting distance in the Central.  (AP)
Albert Pujols knocks a 3-run double and the Cards are suddenly within shouting distance in the Central. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

A. Pujols
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
Milwaukee

J. Estrada
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Milwaukee Brewers
Corey Hart, RF4100112 .280
J.J. Hardy, SS5130010 .272
Ryan Braun, 3B5121012 .350
Prince Fielder, 1B5110013 .283
Bill Hall, CF5110022 .272
Geoff Jenkins, LF5030012 .262
Johnny Estrada, C4032001 .283
Rickie Weeks, 2B3000115 .212
Yovani Gallardo, P3012012 .176
    Brian Shouse, P0000000 .000
   a- Kevin Mench, PH1000002 .281
    Scott Linebrink, P0000000 .000
    Derrick Turnbow, P0000000 .000
    Carlos Villanueva, P0000000 .200
Totals40514529  
a-popped out for Shouse in the 7th
Batting
RBI - Ryan Braun (50), Johnny Estrada 2 (38), Yovani Gallardo 2 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Johnny Estrada 2 (21), Yovani Gallardo 2 (4)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Geoff Jenkins 1
PB - Johnny Estrada (2)
E - Rickie Weeks (8, Throwing)
Milwaukee Brewers
Yovani Gallardo 5444270 2.72
Brian Shouse (H,15) 1000010 2.10
Scott Linebrink (H,16) 1200110 3.64
Derrick Turnbow (BS,3; L,2-4) 0.1444010 4.30
Carlos Villanueva 0.2111100 3.82
IBB - Pujols by Scott Linebrink
HBP - Spiezio (by Brian Shouse)
WP - Scott Linebrink (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Yovani Gallardo 100-67, Brian Shouse 14-10, Scott Linebrink 22-11, Derrick Turnbow 17-11, Carlos Villanueva 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yovani Gallardo 5-4, Brian Shouse 2-0, Carlos Villanueva 1-0
Batters Faced - Yovani Gallardo 22, Brian Shouse 4, Scott Linebrink 6, Derrick Turnbow 5, Carlos Villanueva 3
St. Louis Cardinals
David Eckstein, SS4231110 .304
Ryan Ludwick, RF4112101 .244
    Jason Isringhausen, P0000000 .000
Albert Pujols, 1B4023101 .319
Chris Duncan, LF5000036 .285
    So Taguchi, LF0000000 .297
Jim Edmonds, CF4000024 .226
Scott Spiezio, 3B2110000 .283
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
   a- Skip Schumaker, PH-RF1110000 .307
Yadier Molina, C3210100 .251
Adam Kennedy, 2B4010033 .224
Kip Wells, P1000010 .278
   b- Juan Encarnacion, PH1101000 .294
    Russ Springer, P0000000 .000
    Scott Rolen, 3B2111000 .269
Totals359118410  
a-singled for Franklin in the 8th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Wells in the 5th
Batting
2B - David Eckstein (11, Gallardo), Albert Pujols (23, Villanueva), Scott Spiezio (14, Gallardo)
RBI - David Eckstein (15), Ryan Ludwick 2 (26), Albert Pujols 3 (71), Juan Encarnacion (41), Scott Rolen (46)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Rolen-Kennedy-Pujols
E - Jim Edmonds (2, Throwing)
St. Louis Cardinals
Kip Wells 51155270 5.72
Russ Springer 1000000 2.77
Randy Flores 0.1200010 4.46
Ryan Franklin (W,4-0) 1.2100010 1.18
Jason Isringhausen 1000000 1.45
IBB - Weeks by Kip Wells
Pitches-Strikes - Kip Wells 100-60, Russ Springer 9-7, Randy Flores 10-7, Ryan Franklin 13-10, Jason Isringhausen 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kip Wells 3-5, Ryan Franklin 1-2, Jason Isringhausen 2-1
Batters Faced - Kip Wells 28, Russ Springer 3, Randy Flores 3, Ryan Franklin 5, Jason Isringhausen 3
Game Information
Attendance - 44854
Game Time - 3:20
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Charlie Reliford, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Angel Campos, Third Base - Larry Vanover