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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
|Matt Carpenter slides home for the winning run in the 10th inning to lift the Cardinals over the Brewers. (AP)|
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|Norichika Aoki, RF||5||1||2||2||0||0||1||.283|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||5||0||0||0||0||1||2||.227|
|Ryan Braun, LF||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.313|
|Manny Parra, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jose Veras, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Nyjer Morgan, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.241|
|Brandon Kintzler, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Taylor Green, PH-1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.191|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.297|
|Corey Hart, 1B||2||2||2||0||0||0||0||.278|
|Travis Ishikawa, 1B||1||0||1||0||2||0||0||.265|
|Eric Farris, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Kameron Loe, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jonathan Lucroy, C||5||0||1||0||0||1||3||.324|
|Carlos Gomez, CF||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.251|
|Jean Segura, SS||3||1||3||1||1||0||0||.230|
|Shaun Marcum, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.097|
|Logan Schafer, LF||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.250|
|a-grounded out-bunting for Veras in the 8th|
|b-grounded out for Kintzler in the 10th|
|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|
|DP - Ramirez-Segura-Ishikawa, Weeks-Segura-Ishikawa|
|Kameron Loe (L,6-5)||0.2||2||1||1||0||1||0||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|
|Jon Jay, CF||5||1||3||0||0||0||1||.323|
|Matt Carpenter, 3B||5||1||2||1||0||0||3||.303|
|Matt Holliday, LF||4||1||1||2||0||1||2||.302|
|Mitchell Boggs, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jason Motte, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Lance Lynn, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.071|
|a- Adron Chambers, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.262|
|Allen Craig, 1B||5||0||1||1||0||1||0||.306|
|Carlos Beltran, RF||4||1||2||1||0||2||0||.262|
|Skip Schumaker, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.288|
|Tony Cruz, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.250|
|Daniel Descalso, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.228|
|Joe Kelly, P||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.161|
|Edward Mujica, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Shane Robinson, PH-LF||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||.255|
|a-struck out (wild pitch) for Lynn in the 10th|
|b-walked for Mujica in the 7th|
|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|
|DP - Descalso-Schumaker-Craig|
|E - Edward Mujica (1, Throwing)|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Edward Mujica (H,23)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||3.05|
|Mitchell Boggs (H,28)||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||2.39|
|Jason Motte (BS,6)||1||2||2||2||0||1||1||2.90|
|Lance Lynn (W,14-7)||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||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|
|Attendance - 39919|
|Game Time - 3:23|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Derryl Cousins, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Al Porter, Third Base - Ron Kulpa|