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MILWAUKEE -- Bill Hall sprinted off the field after his two-out, game-winning hit in the 10th inning, barely pausing to slap manager Ken Macha's hand.
No matter. On the field or in the clubhouse, in St. Louis or Miller Park, the Brewers are getting used to celebrating wherever they want against their NL Central rivals.
Hall snapped a 1-for-28 slump with his RBI single and lifted Milwaukee to its 11th win in the last 12 over the Cardinals, who've said they don't like the young Brewers' brash attitudes and penchant for public celebrations.
"I got the big hit, everybody just came into the clubhouse and we celebrated in here. Just having fun with ourselves," Hall insisted. "We care about each other in here."
Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter took a perfect game into the seventh inning, and the Brewers' Yovani Gallardo carried a no-hitter into the sixth before each finished allowing just two hits over eight innings.
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"It wasn't a tough play," Barden said. "It just didn't go in my glove. That's all I can say."
It appeared that the Cardinals might have been able to turn two on Cameron's grounder, but McClellan deflected the ball, forcing shortstop Brendan Ryan to pull up and settle for one out.
"I asked Brendan if it was hit hard enough to turn two and he didn't think so," McClellan said.
Manager Tony La Russa disagreed.
"If we don't tip that ball, it's an easy double play," La Russa said.
After Cameron reached second on defensive indifference, Hall, who entered the game in the ninth inning, drove McClellan's pitch to right-center field and wasted no time touching first base before sprinting back into the clubhouse.
"It's all about getting rid of the negative thoughts out as fast as possible," said Hall, who played as part of platoon last season after slumping badly. "That's something I'm working on."
Carpenter extended his scoreless streak to 23 innings. He retired the first 18 batters and finished with 10 strikeouts and no walks.
"I'm past personal stuff. It's about winning ball games when you're at this level," Carpenter said. "I gave up two grounder hits, and I'll take that all year long."
Carpenter, who missed five weeks with a strained left rib cage muscle he hurt during a start against Arizona on April 14, hadn't faced Milwaukee since 2006, but was strong as the midafternoon shadows crept across the infield.
The 12-year veteran whose career has been derailed by elbow and shoulder injuries, finally allowed a single to Craig Counsell to lead off the seventh when second baseman Skip Schumaker couldn't make a diving stab. Cameron also singled in the eighth.
Carpenter, who threw 93 pitches in his second start since coming off the DL, left for McClellan to start the ninth and McClellan worked a perfect ninth before the rocky 10th.
Gallardo allowed two walks in the first inning, but retired 14 straight during one stretch until Ryan began the sixth with a slow chopper in the hole and beat shortstop Counsell's throw.
Counsell, in for the injured J.J. Hardy, nearly collided with rookie third baseman Mat Gamel on the play, but Gallardo retired the next two before walking Albert Pujols intentionally to face Chris Duncan and got the ground out to end the threat.
Gallardo didn't allow another baserunner until a single by Schumaker in the eighth, but the young right-hander struck out Colby Rasmus and Pujols to end his day with six strikeouts.
"He's the ace of our staff," Hall said. "For him to only be 23 years old with that kind of poise is amazing. Hopefully he continues to grow and continues to get better because we're going to need him."
|Milwaukee's Craig Counsell breaks up Chris Carpenter's bid for perfect game in the seventh. (AP)|
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|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Skip Schumaker, 2B-RF||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.299|
|Colby Rasmus, CF||3||0||0||0||1||2||2||.227|
|Albert Pujols, 1B||2||0||0||0||2||1||1||.322|
|Chris Duncan, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.250|
|Nick Stavinoha, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.207|
|Kyle McClellan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Yadier Molina, C||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.275|
|Joe Thurston, 3B-2B||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.224|
|Chris Carpenter, P||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Brian Barden, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.259|
|Brendan Ryan, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.241|
|E - Brian Barden (3, Misplayed grounder)|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Kyle McClellan (L,2-2)||1.2||1||1||0||1||0||0||1.96|
|IBB - Fielder by Kyle McClellan|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chris Carpenter 93-61, Kyle McClellan 17-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Carpenter 6-7, Kyle McClellan 4-2|
|Batters Faced - Chris Carpenter 25, Kyle McClellan 8|
|Craig Counsell, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.311|
|Casey McGehee, 2B||4||1||0||0||0||2||0||.265|
|Ryan Braun, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.325|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||2||0||.265|
|Mike Cameron, CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.285|
|Mat Gamel, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.211|
|Bill Hall, 3B||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.230|
|Corey Hart, RF||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||.242|
|a- Frank Catalanotto, PH-RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Jason Kendall, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.217|
|Yovani Gallardo, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.190|
|Trevor Hoffman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jody Gerut, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.220|
|Carlos Villanueva, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.500|
|a-grounded out for Hart in the 8th|
|b-fouled out for Hoffman in the 9th|
|RBI - Bill Hall (11)|
|2-OUT RBI - Bill Hall (5)|
|CS - Craig Counsell (1, 2nd base by Carpenter/Molina)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|Carlos Villanueva (W,2-3)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||3.97|
|IBB - Pujols by Yovani Gallardo|
|WP - Yovani Gallardo (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Yovani Gallardo 126-71, Trevor Hoffman 7-3, Carlos Villanueva 10-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yovani Gallardo 8-10, Trevor Hoffman 1-2, Carlos Villanueva 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Yovani Gallardo 30, Trevor Hoffman 3, Carlos Villanueva 3|
|Attendance - 43032|
|Game Time - 2:26|
|Temperature - 63|
|Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Ed Rapuano|