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Craig's RBI single lifts Cards in 10

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ST. LOUIS -- Matt Carpenter picked up another series of cuts to his already beat-up hand on Sunday.

Not that the St. Louis backup is complaining.

Carpenter scored the winning run with a picture-perfect slide on Allen Craig's single in the 10th inning, giving the Cardinals a 5-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

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The Cardinals broke a three-game losing streak and avoided a three-game sweep. St. Louis held onto its slim lead for the second NL wild-card spot.

The Brewers, who have won 15 of 20, tied it in the ninth on Norichika Aoki's two-out, two-run homer off closer Jason Motte. The two-strike drive barely cleared the right-field wall.

Carpenter singled with one out in the 10th off Kameron Loe (6-5) and moved up on a wild pitch. Craig singled to right field with two outs and Carpenter barely eluded the tag from catcher Jonathan Lucroy after a strong throw by Aoki.

"I had an angle and I just tried to avoid the tag and thankfully I got in there," Carpenter said. "I got some new blood from that."

Carpenter sustained five cuts on his hands Saturday when his bat shattered in a 6-3 loss. He left the game in the third inning as blood dripped from his hands.

Carpenter showed up early Sunday and went through some hitting and throwing drills to prove to manager Mike Matheny that he was fit to play.

"The work ethic he has, the energy he brings, he's a very good teammate," Matheny said.

Carpenter used a super glue to tape his skin back in place on one of the cuts. He simply taped the others shut.

Now, thanks to his game-winning slide, he has two other cuts and one huge scrape on his bruised hands.

"It's sore, but it's nothing that would keep me out," he said. "Once you get that adrenaline going, you don't think about it."

Craig recorded his first career walk-off hit, thanks in part to Carpenter's hustle.

"It's a great feeling," Craig said. "The last few days haven't been so great. It was good to battle back after a tough game."

The loss slowed the Brewers, who were trying to reach the .500 mark for the first time since April 24.

Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke was pleased with his team's performance and its ability to bounce back in the ninth.

"We played a really good game today, they just came through with a really big hit," he said. "I'm OK with the three games we just played."

Lance Lynn (14-7) picked up the win with one inning of scoreless relief.

Matt Holliday hit a two-run homer, his 26th, off Shaun Marcum. One out later, Carlos Beltran hit his 29th home run and first since Aug. 10.

Beltran ended an 0-for-14 slump. He had not gotten an extra-base hit in his previous 49 at-bats.

"It was good for me to go out there and get a couple hits," Beltran said. "Lately, it's been a battle at the plate."

St. Louis pushed the lead to 4-1 in the second on doubles by pitcher Joe Kelly and Carpenter.

Milwaukee climbed to 4-2 in the fourth on singles by Corey Hart, Jonathan Lucroy and Jean Segura.

Segura, who had a career-high three hits, doubled with one out in the ninth off Motte. One out later, Aoki hit his eighth home run.

Notes

  • Brewers OF Ryan Braun left in the sixth with a sore wrist. 1B Corey Hart, who has a hit in his last 11 games against St. Louis, left the game after twisting his ankle on the last play of the fourth inning. "He tweaked it a little bit and he's got a mild sprain," Roenicke said. Braun and Hart were listed as day-to-day.
  • Cardinals 3B David Freese missed the game with a mild left ankle sprain. He is considered day-to-day.
  • St. Louis reliever Edward Mujica pitched a scoreless seventh inning. He has not allowed a run in 18 appearances since coming to the Cardinals in a July 31 trade.
  • . The Cardinals improved 4-10 in extra innings.
  • St. Louis opens a seven-game road trip at San Diego on Monday. Jaime Garcia (4-6, 4.16) will face Eric Stults (5-2, 2.35).
  • Milwaukee begins a six-game homestand against Atlanta. Wily Peralta (1-0, 5.14) takes on Mike Minor (8-10, 4.58).
 
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Matt Carpenter slides home for the winning run in the 10th inning to lift the Cardinals over the Brewers. (AP)
Matt Carpenter slides home for the winning run in the 10th inning to lift the Cardinals over the Brewers. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

N. Aoki
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
St. Louis

M. Carpenter
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF5122001 .283
Rickie Weeks, 2B5000012 .227
Ryan Braun, LF3000011 .313
    Manny Parra, P0000000 .000
    Jose Veras, P0000000 .000
   a- Nyjer Morgan, PH1000000 .241
    Brandon Kintzler, P0000000 .000
   b- Taylor Green, PH-1B1000000 .191
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4000021 .297
Corey Hart, 1B2220000 .278
    Travis Ishikawa, 1B1010200 .265
    Eric Farris, PR0000000 .000
    Kameron Loe, P0000000 .000
Jonathan Lucroy, C5010013 .324
Carlos Gomez, CF4000024 .251
Jean Segura, SS3131100 .230
Shaun Marcum, P2000013 .097
    Logan Schafer, LF2000012 .250
Totals3849339  
a-grounded out-bunting for Veras in the 8th
b-grounded out for Kintzler in the 10th
Batting
2B - Norichika Aoki (27, Kelly), Corey Hart (35, Kelly), Jean Segura (1, Motte)
HR - Norichika Aoki (8, Motte)
RBI - Norichika Aoki 2 (38), Jean Segura (8)
2-OUT RBI - Norichika Aoki 2 (15), Jean Segura (2)
SB - Eric Farris (1, 2nd base off Lynn/Cruz)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Ramirez-Segura-Ishikawa, Weeks-Segura-Ishikawa
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Shaun Marcum 5844052 3.71
Manny Parra 1.2100110 4.45
Jose Veras 0.1000000 4.17
Brandon Kintzler 2100000 3.38
Kameron Loe (L,6-5) 0.2211010 3.94
WP - Kameron Loe (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Shaun Marcum 95-58, Manny Parra 24-12, Jose Veras 2-1, Brandon Kintzler 23-16, Kameron Loe 18-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shaun Marcum 7-3, Manny Parra 1-2, Brandon Kintzler 3-2, Kameron Loe 1-0
Batters Faced - Shaun Marcum 23, Manny Parra 6, Jose Veras 1, Brandon Kintzler 6, Kameron Loe 4
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jon Jay, CF5130001 .323
Matt Carpenter, 3B5121003 .303
Matt Holliday, LF4112012 .302
    Mitchell Boggs, P0000000 .000
    Jason Motte, P0000000 .000
    Lance Lynn, P0000000 .071
   a- Adron Chambers, PH1000010 .262
Allen Craig, 1B5011010 .306
Carlos Beltran, RF4121020 .262
Skip Schumaker, 2B4010001 .288
Tony Cruz, C4000011 .250
Daniel Descalso, SS4010010 .228
Joe Kelly, P2110000 .161
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
   b- Shane Robinson, PH-LF1000100 .255
Totals39512517  
a-struck out (wild pitch) for Lynn in the 10th
b-walked for Mujica in the 7th
Batting
2B - Matt Carpenter (21, Marcum), Skip Schumaker (14, Marcum), Joe Kelly (2, Marcum)
HR - Matt Holliday (26, Marcum), Carlos Beltran (29, Marcum)
RBI - Matt Carpenter (41), Matt Holliday 2 (94), Allen Craig (75), Carlos Beltran (87)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Carpenter (17), Allen Craig (26), Carlos Beltran (24)
SB - Skip Schumaker (1, 3rd base off Marcum/Lucroy)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Descalso-Schumaker-Craig
E - Edward Mujica (1, Throwing)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Joe Kelly 6522250 3.51
Edward Mujica (H,23) 1100010 3.05
Mitchell Boggs (H,28) 1000100 2.39
Jason Motte (BS,6) 1222011 2.90
Lance Lynn (W,14-7) 1100020 4.04
HBP - Ramirez (by Mitchell Boggs)
WP - Joe Kelly (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Kelly 86-54, Edward Mujica 12-10, Mitchell Boggs 18-8, Jason Motte 16-12, Lance Lynn 15-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Kelly 8-5, Edward Mujica 1-1, Mitchell Boggs 2-0, Jason Motte 1-1, Lance Lynn 1-0
Batters Faced - Joe Kelly 25, Edward Mujica 4, Mitchell Boggs 4, Jason Motte 5, Lance Lynn 4
Game Information
Attendance - 39919
Game Time - 3:23
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Derryl Cousins, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Al Porter, Third Base - Ron Kulpa