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Fielder finally goes yard, lifts Brewers over Cards in 10th inning

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ST. LOUIS -- Prince Fielder waited a long time for this one - 54 at-bats, in fact.

After leading the NL with 50 home runs last year, Fielder connected for his first of 2008, a two-run drive in the 10th inning that led the Milwaukee Brewers over the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3.

When he reached the dugout and saw his smiling teammates, Fielder bounced around and exchanged high fives.

"I was trying to act tough, but I couldn't hold it," Fielder said. "It was like a Little Leaguer. I was jumping up and down like a little kid."

Manager Ned Yost pointed out that after 15 games last year, Fielder also had one homer. The young star hit 13 in May.

"You've got to understand how long the season is, and you've got to understand players getting in sync," Yost said. "He hits them in bunches."

Fielder had tied the score with a bloop RBI double that capped a three-run, eighth-inning rally against Kyle Lohse and two relievers. He had been in a 3-for-30 slump that dropped his average to .241.

"You've always got to promise yourself you're going to be as positive as you can, no matter what," Fielder said. "It was actually getting easier, to tell you the truth, the worse I was doing. I just kind of realized that whatever's going to happen is going to happen."

Milwaukee trailed 3-0 and was in danger of getting swept in the three-game series before the comeback against Lohse, who extended his scoreless streak at home to 19 innings.

The Brewers, who had three hits through the first seven innings, tied it when pinch-hitter Hernan Iribarren chased Lohse with a double for his first career RBI, Ryan Braun hit a sacrifice fly off Ryan Franklin and Fielder had an opposite-field double against Randy Flores on a ball that barely eluded Skip Schumaker's attempt for a diving catch.

Lohse, who threw 93 pitches, said he wasn't tired in the eighth.

"I know a guy's coming in pinch hitting, probably looking for a fastball up and over the plate, and that's where I put it," Lohse said. "But I felt just as strong as I did in the first."

Braun, batting .228 coming in, beat out an infield hit starting the 10th against Brad Thompson (1-1), who made his second relief appearance after two starts. Fielder homered to right on a 1-2 hanging breaking ball.

"That's a left-handed hitter's dream pitch right there," Thompson said.

Braun knew it was gone.

"As soon as he hit, a big weight lifted off his shoulders, and a big weight lifted off our shoulders as a team," Braun said.

Pinch-hitter Chris Duncan grounded out with two on against Brian Shouse (1-0) for the last out in the ninth. Eric Gagne got into trouble in the 10th when Ryan Ludwick doubled off a high changeup leading off and Yadier Molina walked, but he got his fourth save in six chances when Aaron Miles flied out, Rico Washington struck out and Cesar Izturis fouled out.

"I got myself into a jam and I got out of it," Gagne said. "That's just a lot of positives."

Ludwick was 4-for-5, his first career four-hit game, and homered in his fourth straight start for the Cardinals, who had won seven in a row at home.

Lohse's two-run, bases-loaded single through a drawn-in infield gave St. Louis a 3-0 lead in the fourth. Cardinals pitchers have seven RBI, including a homer by Adam Wainwright on Wednesday.

Notes

  • Brewers CF Gabe Kapler grounded out as a pinch hitter in the 10th, his first appearance after bruising his right shoulder when he hit the wall leaping for a fly ball in batting practice on Tuesday. Yost said Kapler was close to 100 percent.
  • Shouse hasn't allowed any of his 11 inherited runners to score. He had been the lone lefty in the Milwaukee bullpen, but a second LHP, Mitch Stetter, was recalled from Triple-A Nashville after the game. Iribarren was optioned to Nashville.
  • Yost said OF Tony Gwynn (hamstring) will start a rehab assignment on Friday.
  • Albert Pujols singled in the seventh and is 13-for-35 (.371) during a nine-game hitting streak.
 
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Players of the Game
St. Louis

K. Lohse
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 2
BB 0
K 3
Milwaukee

P. Fielder
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B4110011 .203
J.J. Hardy, SS4000002 .180
Ryan Braun, LF4121000 .246
Prince Fielder, 1B5123001 .241
Corey Hart, RF4000111 .291
Gabe Gross, CF3000010 .107
   a- Joe Dillon, PH1000012 .200
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
    Brian Shouse, P0000000 .000
   b- Gabe Kapler, PH1000000 .407
    Eric Gagne, P0000000 .000
Mike Rivera, C5010011 .444
Craig Counsell, 3B4130011 .375
Manny Parra, P1000001 .000
   c- Bill Hall, PH1000001 .203
    Seth McClung, P0000000 .000
   d- Hernan Iribarren, PH-CF2111001 .333
Totals39510516  
a-struck out for Gross in the 8th
b-grounded out for Shouse in the 10th
c-grounded out for Parra in the 5th
d-doubled for McClung in the 8th
Batting
2B - Prince Fielder (4, Flores), Craig Counsell (3, Lohse), Hernan Iribarren (1, Lohse)
HR - Prince Fielder (1, Thompson)
SF - Ryan Braun (1)
SH - J.J. Hardy (1)
RBI - Ryan Braun (10), Prince Fielder 3 (10), Hernan Iribarren (1)
2-OUT RBI - Prince Fielder (2)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Hardy-Weeks-Fielder, Weeks-Fielder, Counsell-Weeks-Fielder
Milwaukee Brewers
Manny Parra 4533531 5.40
Seth McClung 3200120 6.75
Guillermo Mota 1.2200120 1.69
Brian Shouse (W,1-0) 0.1000000 1.42
Eric Gagne (S,4) 1100110 6.00
Pitches-Strikes - Manny Parra 81-38, Seth McClung 45-28, Guillermo Mota 34-21, Brian Shouse 1-1, Eric Gagne 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Manny Parra 3-4, Seth McClung 4-2, Guillermo Mota 1-2, Brian Shouse 1-0
Batters Faced - Manny Parra 20, Seth McClung 11, Guillermo Mota 8, Brian Shouse 1, Eric Gagne 5
St. Louis Cardinals
Brian Barton, LF2000113 .364
    Skip Schumaker, LF1010100 .306
Rick Ankiel, CF5010036 .279
Albert Pujols, 1B3010201 .365
Troy Glaus, 3B3100102 .218
    Kyle McClellan, P0000000 .000
   a- Chris Duncan, PH1000002 .303
    Brad Thompson, P0000000 .333
Ryan Ludwick, RF5241000 .390
Yadier Molina, C4000103 .280
    Jason LaRue, PR0000000 .000
Aaron Miles, 2B3010202 .233
Kyle Lohse, P3012021 .111
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
    Rico Washington, 3B2000023 .154
Cesar Izturis, SS5010003 .205
Totals37310388  
a-grounded out for McClellan in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ryan Ludwick (4, Gagne), Aaron Miles (1, Mota)
HR - Ryan Ludwick (4, Parra)
RBI - Ryan Ludwick (11), Kyle Lohse 2 (2)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
E - Troy Glaus (2, Throwing)
St. Louis Cardinals
Kyle Lohse 7522030 1.48
Ryan Franklin (H,7) 0.2011000 2.16
Randy Flores (BS,1)0100100 0.00
Kyle McClellan 1.1200020 2.79
Brad Thompson (L,1-1) 1222011 3.21
IBB - Hart by Randy Flores
HBP - Weeks (by Ryan Franklin)
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Lohse 93-58, Ryan Franklin 9-4, Randy Flores 9-3, Kyle McClellan 27-15, Brad Thompson 19-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Lohse 12-7, Ryan Franklin 1-1, Kyle McClellan 2-0, Brad Thompson 2-0
Batters Faced - Kyle Lohse 27, Ryan Franklin 3, Randy Flores 2, Kyle McClellan 6, Brad Thompson 5
Game Information
Attendance - 36850
Game Time - 3:39
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - James Hoye