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Molina hits slam in eighth, Cards drop Brewers

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MILWAUKEE -- Yadier Molina simply wanted a sacrifice fly.

Instead, Molina's grand slam capped a six-run eighth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals overcame Corey Hart's two homers to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-6 on Monday.

The Cardinals had taken a 4-2 lead in the eighth, and Molina came up with the bases loaded and one out.

Postseason Chase

"All the way through that at-bat I was thinking flyball," he said. "You never want to hit a ground ball there, never. I was just trying to hit a flyball to get that man in."

Molina sent a 1-2 pitch from Todd Coffey into the left-field stands for his sixth homer of the year to give the Cardinals an 8-2 lead.

St. Louis needed that big inning as Milwaukee scored four times in the final two innings, and had Prince Fielder at the plate as the tying run with two outs in the ninth. Ryan Franklin got him to ground out to end the game.

"We got touched up a little bit at the end, but we got the outs -- everybody got the outs -- when we needed it," St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said.

The Cardinals won for the third time in four games. They began the day trailing NL Central leader Cincinnati by seven games.

"From now on, we have to win, that's a rule," Molina said. "We can't go back. We've got to do it. We've got to win some games."

Mitchell Boggs (2-2) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the win.

Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo bounced back from three consecutive poor starts to pitch seven solid innings, but St. Louis erupted against three relievers.

With one out in the eighth, John Jay was hit by a pitch from Zach Braddock (1-2).

Jeremy Jeffress, one of the top prospects in the Brewers' system, was then summoned to make his Miller Park debut. The right-hander got Albert Pujols to hit what could've been an inning-ending double play, but it bounced off third baseman Casey McGehee's glove for an error.

"It was another winnable game but no execution when things are on the line," Milwaukee manager Ken Macha said.

Matt Holliday's single put the Cardinals ahead, Colby Rasmus was intentionally walked to load the bases and Coffey replaced Jeffress.

Pedro Feliz hit the first pitch from Coffey for a single, making it 4-2. Molina's slam then gave the Cardinals what they thought was a comfortable lead.

"I didn't get the job done," Coffey said. "I get the job done out there, we win the game. I come in with the bases loaded I've got to get it done."

The Brewers pulled within 8-4 in the bottom half on an RBI single by McGehee and an RBI double by Alcides Escobar.

Hart hit his 26th and 27th home runs. Rickie Weeks hit his 26th for Milwaukee.

Hart's second homer brought the Brewers within 8-6 with two outs in the ninth off Franklin.

St. Louis starter Jake Westbrook pitched six innings, giving up two runs on five hits.

Gallardo had allowed 20 runs in 14 2/3 innings over his past three starts. The right-hander pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on four hits.

Notes

  • It was Molina's second career grand slam. His other came on opening day this year in an 11-6 win over Cincinnati.
  • Jeffress pitched a scoreless inning during his major-league debut last week in Cincinnati.
  • For the second time in as many day games the Brewers hung two panels over a portion of right-field to diminish the effects of the daytime shadows at Miller Park. The roof was closed completely in the eighth as rain approached.
  • It was the first run allowed by Braddock in his last 14 appearances, spanning 9 2-3 innings.
  • After the game, the Brewers recalled INF Luis Cruz and RHP Brandon Kintzler from Triple-A Nashville.
 
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Yadier Molina helps the Cards stay alive in the NL Central after smacking a slam to cap a six-run eighth against the Brewers.  (AP)
Yadier Molina helps the Cards stay alive in the NL Central after smacking a slam to cap a six-run eighth against the Brewers. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

C. Hart
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 2
RBI 3
St. Louis

Y. Molina
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
 
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Skip Schumaker, 2B3110000 .270
   a- Felipe Lopez, PH-2B2000010 .236
Jon Jay, RF3100001 .323
Albert Pujols, 1B3211110 .309
Matt Holliday, LF4111013 .303
Colby Rasmus, CF2100210 .266
Pedro Feliz, 3B4111001 .225
Yadier Molina, C4124000 .256
Brendan Ryan, SS4000001 .217
Jake Westbrook, P2010010 .133
   b- Randy Winn, PH1000010 .250
    Mitchell Boggs, P1000000 .000
    Trever Miller, P0000000 .000
    Kyle McClellan, P0000000 .500
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
Totals3387736  
a-grounded out for Schumaker in the 8th
b-struck out for Westbrook in the 7th
Batting
2B - Skip Schumaker (16, Gallardo), Albert Pujols (32, Gallardo)
HR - Yadier Molina (6, Coffey)
SF - Albert Pujols (6)
SH - Jon Jay (6)
RBI - Albert Pujols (97), Matt Holliday (88), Pedro Feliz (36), Yadier Molina 4 (52)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Matt Holliday 1
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jake Westbrook 6522222 4.46
Mitchell Boggs (W,2-2) 1.1111020 3.66
Trever Miller0111000 4.02
Kyle McClellan 0.2200010 2.13
Ryan Franklin 1222111 3.67
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Westbrook 98-57, Mitchell Boggs 22-15, Trever Miller 6-3, Kyle McClellan 7-6, Ryan Franklin 30-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Westbrook 11-5, Mitchell Boggs 1-1, Ryan Franklin 2-0
Batters Faced - Jake Westbrook 25, Mitchell Boggs 5, Trever Miller 1, Kyle McClellan 3, Ryan Franklin 6
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rickie Weeks, 2B5111001 .270
Corey Hart, RF4333100 .283
Ryan Braun, LF4020111 .303
Prince Fielder, 1B4120102 .274
Casey McGehee, 3B4011003 .282
Lorenzo Cain, CF4000013 .259
Alcides Escobar, SS4011021 .249
Jonathan Lucroy, C4110010 .263
Yovani Gallardo, P2000000 .259
   a- Joe Inglett, PH1000000 .262
    Zach Braddock, P0000000 .000
    Jeremy Jeffress, P0000000 .000
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
    Michael McClendon, P0000000 .000
   b- Mat Gamel, PH1000011 .000
Totals37611636  
a-grounded out for Gallardo in the 7th
b-struck out for McClendon in the 9th
Batting
2B - Corey Hart (29, Boggs), Alcides Escobar (14, McClellan), Jonathan Lucroy (8, Franklin)
HR - Rickie Weeks (26, Westbrook), Corey Hart 2 (27, Westbrook, Franklin)
RBI - Rickie Weeks (77), Corey Hart 3 (88), Casey McGehee (87), Alcides Escobar (40)
2-OUT RBI - Rickie Weeks (34), Corey Hart 3 (36), Alcides Escobar (18)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Casey McGehee (16, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Yovani Gallardo 7422240 3.80
Zach Braddock (L,1-2) 0.1011000 2.90
Jeremy Jeffress0132100 18.00
Todd Coffey 0.2222001 4.75
Michael McClendon 1000020 3.86
IBB - Rasmus by Jeremy Jeffress
HBP - Jay (by Zach Braddock)
WP - Yovani Gallardo (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Yovani Gallardo 97-57, Zach Braddock 8-5, Jeremy Jeffress 14-5, Todd Coffey 9-8, Michael McClendon 15-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yovani Gallardo 11-6, Zach Braddock 1-0, Jeremy Jeffress 1-0, Todd Coffey 2-0
Batters Faced - Yovani Gallardo 27, Zach Braddock 2, Jeremy Jeffress 3, Todd Coffey 4, Michael McClendon 3
Game Information
Attendance - 35190
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Tim Tschida, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Tim Timmons