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Brewers blow lead in ninth, rebound in 10th to beat Cards

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ST. LOUIS -- Bill Hall figured something good had just happened because he didn't feel a sting when he connected in the 10th inning.

The ball Hall hit off Ryan Franklin sailed over the fence and helped the Milwaukee Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 Monday night after squandering a ninth-inning lead.

"When you hit home runs, you don't really feel the ball at all," Hall said. "As soon as I hit it, I knew it hit the good part of the bat. When you see the trajectory of the ball, you knew it had a good chance of getting out."

Milwaukee is 4-0 on its seven-game trip and a National League-best 35-19 since May 20. The win moved the Brewers percentage points ahead of St. Louis for second place in the NL Central behind Chicago.

"From the looks of it, it's us, the Cardinals and the Cubs who will be battling for the division," Hall said. "Every win is important in this division."

Brewers' manager Ned Yost said taking the first game of the four-game set was particularly important.

"It's always good to get off to a good start especially against a tough team like St. Louis," he said. "To take the first game of a series is always big in my mind."

Hall's home run helped make a winner out of Salomon Torres (5-2), who gave up the tying run in the ninth. Torres also pitched the 10th.

Torres was grateful for the chance to pitch another inning.

"I was glad I was given a second chance to go out there," he said. "The guys picked me up right away. We scored a couple of runs and it was business as usual. ... It's not going to show on the record, but let me have a mulligan and let me save it for a second time."

The Brewers scored twice more in the 10th off Franklin (3-3) on a throwing error by second baseman Aaron Miles and an RBI single by J.J. Hardy. Franklin allowed three runs -- two earned -- on four hits in 1 1/3 innings.

"There's no excuses," Franklin said. "I should have done the job, and I didn't."

Hardy went 4-for-6. Rickie Weeks provided the rest of the Brewers' offense with a three-run home run.

Cardinals third baseman Troy Glaus drove in two runs with a first-inning double off Seth McClung that extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

Trailing 3-2 entering the ninth, Yadier Molina led off with a ground-rule double over the wall in right-center. Pinch-hitter Jason LaRue moved pinch-runner Brendan Ryan over to third with an infield single, and Ryan scored on Skip Schumaker's sacrifice fly to left. Torres retired Albert Pujols on a fly out to center with two men on to end the threat.

"We had a shot," St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said. "We had the right guy up there to win the game. (He) just got under it a little bit."

Torres said he should have approached the situation with Molina differently.

"One mistake to Molina," he said. "I should have known better. I should have attacked, keep the ball down."

After spotting the Cardinals' a 2-0 lead, Weeks gave McClung and the Brewers the lead in the fifth.

With one out, Jason Kendall doubled down the right-field line and McClung followed with a single to center. Weeks then hit St. Louis starter Joel Pineiro's next pitch 431 feet into the third deck in left field for his eighth home run and a 3-2 Milwaukee lead.

Weeks' home run was one of 10 hits allowed by Pineiro in six innings. He also walked one while striking out two.

Notes

  • Brewers reliever Eric Gagne, who prior to Monday had a 9.00 ERA in four appearances since returning from the disabled list June 30, pitched a perfect seventh with two strikeouts in his first action since July 12.
  • Milwaukee has homered in a season-high 17 straight games; the team record is 19 straight set from June 11-30, 1996.
  • Ray Durham, acquired from San Francisco yesterday, saw his first action as a Brewer when he pinch-hit for Gagne in the eighth. With runners at second and third and one out, Durham grounded into a 5-2 fielder's choice.
  • Russ Springer, who pitched a scoreless seventh, has allowed just two earned runs over his last 34 outings (25 2/3 innings, 0.70 ERA).
  • Glaus is hitting .525 (21-for-40) during his 10-game hitting streak.
 
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Bill Hall, who picks a terrific time to smack a home run, gives the Brewers the lead in the 10th.  (AP)
Bill Hall, who picks a terrific time to smack a home run, gives the Brewers the lead in the 10th. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

R. Weeks
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
St. Louis

T. Glaus
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B5223104 .219
J.J. Hardy, SS6041001 .291
Ryan Braun, LF6000024 .288
Prince Fielder, 1B4010102 .274
Corey Hart, RF5010004 .287
Bill Hall, 3B5131011 .237
Mike Cameron, CF5000002 .229
Jason Kendall, C5230000 .259
Seth McClung, P2110000 .294
   a- Russell Branyan, PH1010000 .250
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
    Eric Gagne, P0000000 .000
   b- Ray Durham, PH1000002 .292
    David Riske, P0000000 .000
    Salomon Torres, P1000001 .000
Totals46616523  
a-doubled for McClung in the 6th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Gagne in the 8th
Batting
2B - J.J. Hardy (22, Pineiro), Jason Kendall 2 (18, Pineiro, Franklin), Russell Branyan (8, Pineiro)
HR - Rickie Weeks (9, Pineiro), Bill Hall (13, Franklin)
RBI - Rickie Weeks 3 (30), J.J. Hardy (43), Bill Hall (40)
2-OUT RBI - J.J. Hardy (16)
SB - Bill Hall (4, 2nd base off Jimenez/Molina)
Team LOB - 12
Milwaukee Brewers
Seth McClung 5522250 4.13
Guillermo Mota (H,10) 1000100 5.60
Eric Gagne (H,1) 1000020 7.03
David Riske (H,11) 1000110 4.35
Salomon Torres (BS,4; W,5-2) 2411010 2.73
Pitches-Strikes - Seth McClung 87-51, Guillermo Mota 16-8, Eric Gagne 11-10, David Riske 14-10, Salomon Torres 22-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Seth McClung 4-6, Guillermo Mota 3-0, Eric Gagne 1-0, Salomon Torres 3-2
Batters Faced - Seth McClung 22, Guillermo Mota 4, Eric Gagne 3, David Riske 4, Salomon Torres 10
St. Louis Cardinals
Skip Schumaker, RF3021110 .296
Aaron Miles, 2B5010014 .321
Albert Pujols, 1B4100104 .354
Rick Ankiel, CF5110022 .277
Troy Glaus, 3B4022111 .286
Chris Duncan, LF3000103 .248
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
   a- Braden Looper, PH1000001 .333
Yadier Molina, C4010011 .305
    Brendan Ryan, PR-SS1100001 .244
Joel Pineiro, P2010000 .067
   b- Adam Kennedy, PH1000001 .271
    Russ Springer, P0000000 .000
    Kelvin Jimenez, P0000000 .000
    Ron Villone, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Ludwick, LF1000011 .293
Cesar Izturis, SS3000020 .229
   c- Jason LaRue, PH-C1010000 .250
Totals3839349  
a-grounded out for Franklin in the 10th
b-grounded out for Pineiro in the 6th
c-singled for Izturis in the 9th
Batting
2B - Troy Glaus 2 (27, McClung, Torres), Yadier Molina (13, Torres)
SF - Skip Schumaker (1)
RBI - Skip Schumaker (33), Troy Glaus 2 (66)
2-OUT RBI - Troy Glaus 2 (30)
SB - Albert Pujols (4, 2nd base off McClung/Kendall)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Glaus-Pujols
E - Rick Ankiel (5, Dropped fly), Aaron Miles (2, Throwing)
St. Louis Cardinals
Joel Pineiro 61033121 4.52
Russ Springer 1100000 2.03
Kelvin Jimenez 1.2100010 5.40
Ron Villone0000100 4.75
Ryan Franklin (L,3-3) 1.1432001 3.69
Pitches-Strikes - Joel Pineiro 83-58, Russ Springer 24-17, Kelvin Jimenez 20-16, Ron Villone 5-1, Ryan Franklin 23-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joel Pineiro 10-5, Russ Springer 1-2, Kelvin Jimenez 1-4
Batters Faced - Joel Pineiro 28, Russ Springer 4, Kelvin Jimenez 7, Ron Villone 1, Ryan Franklin 8
Game Information
Attendance - 41006
Game Time - 3:22
Temperature - 95
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - Todd Tichenor