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Rasmus singles home game winner in 11th as Cards upend Brewers

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ST. LOUIS -- Aaron Miles hasn't felt like this since the 2008 season.

Colby Rasmus singled Miles home with the winning run in the 11th inning to lift the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday.

"It felt spectacular," Miles said. "As I'm going around third, I'm thinking I'm scoring and here's a Cardinals' win and I helped contribute. That's a great feeling and why I look forward to coming to the ballpark every day."

Miles played three seasons with the Cardinals, helping them win the 2006 World Series in his first year with the club, before spending 2009 shifting between the Chicago Cubs and the minors. He was cut by Cincinnati before the start of this season. St. Louis picked him up, and after a stay in the Cardinals' system he returned to Busch Stadium on Tuesday.

He singled with one out in the 11th and advanced to second on Yadier Molina's base hit to center. Rasmus, who had three hits and three RBI, laced a shot just in front of outfielder Jim Edmonds, who held on to the ball with Miles already around third.

"I didn't get it done in the bottom of the ninth," said Rasmus, who struck out looking to start the ninth. "I came up with another chance with some men on, so I was trying to give them all I had."

The Brewers failed to take advantage with two on and one out in the 11th. Edmonds opened the inning with a double before an error on Miles allowed George Kottaras to reach first. But Mitchell Boggs got Carlos Gomez to fly out, and Rickie Weeks grounded out to end the inning.

Boggs (1-2) pitched one inning to earn the victory, the fifth in six games and seventh in nine for the first-place Cardinals.

John Axford (1-1) took the loss.

Cardinals starter Adam Ottavino allowed a lead-off homer to Weeks, but he faced just one jam the rest of the way before being pulled after Ryan Braun singled to lead off the sixth. The rookie went five innings, allowed five hits and one walk, striking out two and leaving the game with a 4-1 lead. But Dennys Reyes allowed all three batters he faced to reach, including a single and double on the first two pitches.

Milwaukee pulled to 2-1 when Casey McGehee doubled in Braun. Kyle McClellan didn't give up any hits, but Corey Hart's grounder and a sacrifice fly by Kottaras tied the score at 4.

Aside from Reyes' struggles, the Cardinals' bullpen was stellar. The final five pitchers went six innings and allowed no hits, walked one and struck out six.

"He's come in several times behind me and picked me up," Boggs said. "We all had a job to do today. Fortunately we were able to keep it close enough to get the win there at the end."

Narveson struggled in the first, giving up four runs on three extra-base hits that included a two-run homer by Albert Pujols. It was his first home run at Busch Stadium in 93 at-bats, dating to the season opener. His second longest drought at Busch was 73 at-bats that spread over the 2001 and 2002 seasons. Rasmus drove in two more runs with a double for a 4-1 lead.

"You take the positive from every outing, whatever it is," Narveson said. "Obviously that last five [innings] is what I want to build off of. But that first inning you kind of have to prepare yourself for that and be ready for the top of the order and make pitches right away."

Narveson settled down from there, putting the Cardinals down in order in the second and giving up one walk in each of the next three innings. He gave up two more hits in the sixth. Narveson allowed five runs in six innings, struck out four and walked a season-high five.

Notes
  • Cardinals 3B David Freese left the game with an ankle sprain after he awkwardly touched third base in the bottom of the sixth. He's listed day-to-day, but Cardinals manager Tony La Russa suspects he might miss at least three games. Miles, acquired from Double-A Springfield on Tuesday, took Freese's spot.
  • Cardinals SS Brenden Ryan was scratched from the starting lineup about an hour before the game as a precautionary measure because of a slight groin injury.
  • Weeks has three lead-off home runs this year and has 16 in his career.
 
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Colby Rasmus caps off his productive day with the game-winning RBI which draws congratulations. (AP)
Colby Rasmus caps off his productive day with the game-winning RBI which draws congratulations. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

C. Rasmus
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
St. Louis

A. Pujols
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B5111115 .248
Craig Counsell, SS-3B5000014 .274
Ryan Braun, LF4110120 .312
Prince Fielder, 1B5110021 .267
Casey McGehee, 3B5111011 .290
    John Axford, P0000000 .000
Jim Edmonds, CF-RF4010110 .276
Corey Hart, RF4011000 .257
    Carlos Villanueva, P0000000 .000
    Alcides Escobar, SS1000001 .249
George Kottaras, C4011001 .225
Chris Narveson, P1010100 .429
    Kameron Loe, P0000000 .000
    Carlos Gomez, CF2000002 .260
Totals4048448  
Batting
2B - Casey McGehee (15, Reyes), Jim Edmonds (10, Boggs), Chris Narveson (1, Ottavino)
HR - Rickie Weeks (9, Ottavino)
SF - George Kottaras (3)
SH - Chris Narveson (2)
RBI - Rickie Weeks (32), Casey McGehee (42), Corey Hart (36), George Kottaras (15)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jim Edmonds 1
DP - McGehee-Weeks-Fielder, Counsell-Weeks-Fielder
Milwaukee Brewers
Chris Narveson 6544541 5.83
Kameron Loe 1000030 0.00
Carlos Villanueva 2100020 3.38
John Axford (L,1-1) 1.1311110 3.27
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Narveson 105-58, Kameron Loe 17-11, Carlos Villanueva 26-15, John Axford 27-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Narveson 6-7, Carlos Villanueva 1-2, John Axford 2-0
Batters Faced - Chris Narveson 27, Kameron Loe 3, Carlos Villanueva 6, John Axford 7
St. Louis Cardinals
Felipe Lopez, SS4110130 .270
Ryan Ludwick, RF4000122 .290
Albert Pujols, 1B4112112 .317
Matt Holliday, LF4110102 .307
David Freese, 3B3010001 .316
    Aaron Miles, 3B2110000 .333
Yadier Molina, C4110101 .253
Colby Rasmus, CF4033110 .291
Skip Schumaker, 2B4000014 .244
Adam Ottavino, P2000021 .000
    Dennys Reyes, P0000000 .000
    Kyle McClellan, P00000001.000
   a- Randy Winn, PH1000002 .210
    Trever Miller, P0000000 .000
    Jason Motte, P0000000 .000
   b- Nick Stavinoha, PH1000000 .283
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
    Mitchell Boggs, P0000000 .000
Totals37595610  
a-hit into fielder's choice for McClellan in the 6th
b-fouled out for Motte in the 9th
Batting
2B - Felipe Lopez (6, Narveson), Colby Rasmus (12, Narveson)
HR - Albert Pujols (13, Narveson)
RBI - Albert Pujols 2 (43), Colby Rasmus 3 (28)
2-OUT RBI - Colby Rasmus 2 (12)
SB - Matt Holliday (5, 2nd base off Narveson/Kottaras), Colby Rasmus (7, 2nd base off Narveson/Kottaras)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Aaron Miles (1, Throwing)
St. Louis Cardinals
Adam Ottavino 5522121 5.06
Dennys Reyes0222100 2.65
Kyle McClellan (BS,1) 1000110 1.85
Trever Miller 1.1000120 3.21
Jason Motte 1.2000000 2.42
Ryan Franklin 1000030 1.78
Mitchell Boggs (W,1-2) 1100000 3.28
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Ottavino 75-53, Dennys Reyes 7-3, Kyle McClellan 13-7, Trever Miller 24-14, Jason Motte 19-12, Ryan Franklin 12-10, Mitchell Boggs 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Ottavino 5-8, Kyle McClellan 1-1, Jason Motte 2-3, Mitchell Boggs 2-2
Batters Faced - Adam Ottavino 21, Dennys Reyes 3, Kyle McClellan 4, Trever Miller 5, Jason Motte 5, Ryan Franklin 3, Mitchell Boggs 5
Game Information
Attendance - 44180
Game Time - 3:38
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Todd Tichenor, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Mike Everitt