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McGehee's three homers rally Brewers past Cards

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MILWAUKEE -- Manager Ron Roenicke wants Casey McGehee to play a big role in the Brewers' offense, not try to carry the club. McGehee did both Wednesday.

The Brewers third baseman homered three times and Milwaukee rallied to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 10-5 and add to their NL Central lead.

"I don't think I've ever had three in a game ever. It's something I'll definitely remember. It was kind of one of those out of body experiences," McGehee said. "It was nice, especially to be able to sit back and enjoy it that we were able to win the game."

McGehee hit go-ahead, two-run homers in both the first and third innings and added a seventh-inning solo shot to give Milwaukee its eighth win in nine games at Miller Park. Corey Hart also homered for the Brewers, who extended their lead over the Cardinals to 3 ½ games in the division.

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Rafael Furcal hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs off Randy Wolf (8-8) in his fourth game since being acquired Sunday in a trade with the Dodgers, but new Cardinals starter Edwin Jackson struggled.

Jackson (1-1) made his second start with St. Louis since being acquired in a three-team trade with the White Sox. He gave up 10 runs -- eight earned -- and allowed 14 hits over seven innings of extended work because of St. Louis' worn-down bullpen following an 11-inning win on Tuesday.

"We're playing 20 in a row," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "We needed to get as deep in his allotment today as he could. He took it for us. We appreciate it."

David Freese singled in a run to give St. Louis a 1-0 lead in the first. Hart homered to start the bottom of the inning and McGehee hit a two-out, two-run home run to make it 3-1.

Furcal's three-run homer -- his first in a Cardinals uniform -- gave St. Louis a 4-3 lead in the second, but McGehee answered again with another two-run homer in the third to put Milwaukee ahead for good, 5-4. McGehee's second homer was hit so hard that left fielder Matt Holliday never moved to try and chase it.

The Brewers pulled away from there, improving to a majors-best 41-15 at home this season.

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina cost St. Louis two unearned runs when Ryan Braun scored on a passed ball in the fifth, and George Kottaras scored from third to make it 9-5 after Molina threw a ball into center field trying to catch Hart stealing in the sixth.

McGehee followed with a solo shot in the seventh for the final margin and came out for a curtain call. The third baseman appears to be breaking out of his season-long slump. He's hitting .351 with 12 RBI over his last 15 games to lift his batting average from .221 to .240.

"He puts more on himself than maybe he should. He's not the guy that's going to carry this team," Roenicke said. "He's a huge part in that offense and I don't ever want him thinking if he's not doing his part, that's the reason why we're not winning because he's big for us, but so are a lot of other guys."

The Brewers need a hitter in the fifth spot to protect Prince Fielder since Rickie Weeks went out of the lineup with a severely sprained ankle and may need up to six weeks to recover.

"I feel like the guys in here have definitely stood by me, had confidence in me," McGehee said. "I think especially with Rick being out, we've all got to kind of band together, pick up the slack because that's something that's really tough to replace."

It was a heated series throughout and could be a prelude of things to come -- the teams square off nine more times this season with a three-game matchup beginning Tuesday in St. Louis.

"We've got a lot of baseball left, by no means, no matter what happened in this series was going to be the nail in the coffin either way," McGehee said. "We've got a lot of work left to do, but we're definitely, I feel like, on the right track."

Milwaukee won Monday's opener 6-2 and the Cardinals complained about the LED ribbon scoreboards around Miller Park giving the home team an unfair lighting advantage. The Cardinals took Tuesday's game 8-7 in 11 after bean ball warnings were issued to both benches in the seventh. Furcal saved the game with a catch in the ninth, Molina confronted umpire Rob Drake and was ejected in the 10th and Lance Berkman won it with a two-out hit in the 11th.

Molina and the Cardinals had not heard what discipline the All-Star catcher might receive for his actions with Drake.

Albert Pujols played after being hit by a pitch on Tuesday night near where he broke his left wrist earlier this season. He finished 0 for 5 with two strikeouts.

"He'll never admit to anything. It is what it is," La Russa said. "I'm sure he's sore. No excuses."

Notes

  • Roenicke said crew chief Gary Darling asked both managers to come to the plate to exchange the lineups pregame after the theatrics of Tuesday night. "[He] told us `Hey, let's just play baseball,"' Roenicke said.
  • McGehee is the 11th player in franchise history to hit three homers in a game.
  • The Brewers agreed to terms with LHP Randy Flores on a minor-league contract.
  • The Cardinals continue their seven-game road trip with a weekend series in Florida. St. Louis will send RHP Kyle Lohse [9-7, 3.33 ERA] to face Marlins RHP Anibal Sanchez [6-4, 3.74 ERA].
  • Milwaukee has Thursday off.
 
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Casey McGehee enters the Brewers' record book by becoming the 11th player in team history to knock in three homers in a game. (AP)
Casey McGehee enters the Brewers' record book by becoming the 11th player in team history to knock in three homers in a game. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

C. McGehee
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 3
RBI 5
St. Louis

R. Furcal
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
 
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rafael Furcal, SS3224101 .205
Ryan Theriot, 2B5020001 .275
Albert Pujols, 1B5000026 .275
Matt Holliday, LF2000210 .313
David Freese, 3B4021000 .321
Lance Berkman, RF4000004 .283
Yadier Molina, C3110011 .293
   a- Jon Jay, PH1000010 .302
    Gerald Laird, C0000000 .246
Corey Patterson, CF4120000 .254
Edwin Jackson, P3120002 .222
    Marc Rzepczynski, P0000000 .000
   b- Daniel Descalso, PH1000000 .262
Totals35511535  
a-struck out for Molina in the 8th
b-lined out for Rzepczynski in the 9th
Batting
2B - Corey Patterson 2 (18, Wolf, Wolf)
HR - Rafael Furcal (2, Wolf)
SF - Rafael Furcal (1)
RBI - Rafael Furcal 4 (16), David Freese (30)
2-OUT RBI - David Freese (13)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Furcal-Pujols, Furcal-Theriot-Pujols
PB - Yadier Molina (4)
E - Yadier Molina (5, Throwing)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Edwin Jackson (L,8-8) 714108164 4.11
Marc Rzepczynski 1100000 2.76
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 118-77, Marc Rzepczynski 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 9-5, Marc Rzepczynski 1-1
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 35, Marc Rzepczynski 3
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Corey Hart, RF5122012 .278
Nyjer Morgan, CF5120010 .328
Ryan Braun, LF4220002 .324
Prince Fielder, 1B4111001 .296
Casey McGehee, 3B4335001 .240
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4010010 .257
Felipe Lopez, 2B3120101 .224
    Craig Counsell, 2B0000000 .145
George Kottaras, C4110022 .219
Randy Wolf, P1000010 .179
   a- Mark Kotsay, PH1000002 .243
    Kameron Loe, P0000000 .000
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
   b- Jerry Hairston Jr., PH1010000 .267
    John Axford, P0000000 .000
Totals361015816  
a-grounded out for Wolf in the 6th
b-singled for Hawkins in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ryan Braun (27, Jackson), George Kottaras (3, Jackson)
HR - Corey Hart (15, Jackson), Casey McGehee 3 (8, Jackson, Jackson, Jackson)
SH - Randy Wolf (2)
RBI - Corey Hart 2 (38), Prince Fielder (79), Casey McGehee 5 (48)
2-OUT RBI - Casey McGehee 4 (26)
SB - Corey Hart (4, 3rd base off Jackson/Molina)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ryan Braun 1
DP - Betancourt-F. Lopez-Fielder, Braun-McGehee-F. Lopez, Betancourt-F. Lopez-Fielder
E - Casey McGehee (15, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Randy Wolf (W,8-8) 6955221 3.61
Kameron Loe 1100010 4.15
LaTroy Hawkins 1000010 1.83
John Axford 1100110 2.41
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 113-72, Kameron Loe 10-8, LaTroy Hawkins 10-7, John Axford 22-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 6-9, Kameron Loe 1-0, LaTroy Hawkins 1-1, John Axford 1-1
Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 28, Kameron Loe 3, LaTroy Hawkins 3, John Axford 5
Game Information
Attendance - 41906
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Bruce Dreckman, Second Base - Al Porter, Third Base - Rob Drake