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Westbrook gets win No. 100 as Cards clip Brewers

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MILWAUKEE -- Jake Westbrook reached a coveted milestone, finally.

Westbrook allowed one run over six innings for his 100th career win and the St. Louis Cardinals held off the Milwaukee Brewers, 6-5 on Thursday night.

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"It's always been a goal of mine to get to 100, and it's good to get it done," he said.

Westbrook (2-1), came in with a 0.98 ERA, best in the majors -- it increased to 1.10. In his 12th season, he walked three and struck out four. The Brewers were 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position against him.

The Cardinals were 1-3 in his previous outings this season and he had two no decisions coming into the start against the Brewers.

His teammates were happy for him and their celebration may explain the 21-minute delay for the media to enter the clubhouse.

"I got a little bit of a beer shower," he said. "It means a lot to me. A 100 wins for me is a sign of longevity, kind of grinding it out, year after year."

His record is 100-95, including 30-25 with the Cardinals.

"It's definitely not 300, but it was a goal of mine," Westbrook said. "It's an accomplishment I'll always have with me."

Westbrook allowed Norichika Aoki's double to open the game and then nothing more until one out in the fourth when the Brewers pushed across a run on three consecutive singles. He struck out Alex Gonzalez and then fanned Wily Peralta (2-2), his third strikeout of the inning.

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke knows what makes Westbrook a winner.

"His sinker is why he's so good," Roenicke said. "He locates it well. He keeps it down in the zone well. Even though you know it's going to sink, you still think you're on it and you end up hitting a groundball."

Westbrook had to sweat out the final three innings before relaxing.

He left with a 6-1 lead for the relievers to protect, but the Brewers scored twice in the seventh, once in the eighth and once in the ninth.

Edward Mujica pitched the ninth for his seventh save, but allowed Alex Gonzalez's two-out RBI single.

Trailing 6-1, pinch-hitter Logan Schafer greeted Joe Kelly with a single to start the seventh. Schafer advanced on Aoki's ground rule double and scored on Jean Segura's sacrifice fly. After Ryan Braun struck out, Kelly hit Yuniesky Bentancourt. Mitchell Boggs came on, but walked the first two batters he faced to force in a run. Trevor Rosenthal was next and he struck out Martin Maldonado to end the threat.

In the eighth, pinch-hitter Blake Lalli singled and advanced on second baseman Daniel Descalso's fielding error. He bobbled Aoki's grounder trying to start a double play. Segura struck out before Braun's single drove in Lalli. The Cardinals escaped when Rosenthal struck out Bentancourt.

"It's good to get a team win," Westbrook said.

St. Louis came in leading the majors with the best batting average (.330) with runners in scoring position and the top average (.337) with runners in scoring position and two outs.

They lived up to their reputation with six two-out runs in the third as 11 batters faced Peralta.

Allen Craig started the scoring with a bases-loaded, two-run single. Yadier Molina followed and drove in a run. David Freese, showing signs of breaking out of a season-long slump, knocked in a run with his second hit in the game. Then John Jay's single reloaded the bases for Pete Kozma whose single brought in the final two runs.

Westbrook worked out of a potential jam in the sixth.

Rickie Weeks singled and then Westbrook issued a one-out walk to Maldonado. Gonzalez hit a liner right at shortstop Kozma who quickly stepped on second to get Weeks for an unassisted double play.

The Cardinals chased Peralta in the fifth when they loaded the bases on two walks and a single with one out. Alfredo Figaro came on and got Westbrook to hit into a double play.

Peralta, facing the Cardinals for the first time in his career, went 4 1-3 innings, walked two and struck out three.

Notes

  • The Brewers reinstated INF Jeff Bianchi (left hip) from the 15-day disabled list. OF Khris Davis was optioned Wednesday to Triple-A Nashville to make room for Bianchi.
  • After 3B Aramis Ramirez ran the bases before the game, speculation has it that he is ready to return. He strained his left knee in the fourth game of the season and missed 22 games.
  • Cardinals slumping 3B David Freese was back in the lineup after manager Mike Matheny gave him the previous two games off. Freese' single (9-50) in the first raised his batting average to .180.
  • The Cardinals had three broken-bat singles and two bloop hits in the third.
  • Peralta swung so hard in the fourth that the bat flew out of hands and landed well beyond third base.
 
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Jake Westbrook allows one run over six innings for his 100th career win. His ERA actually goes up to 1.10. (USATSI)
Jake Westbrook allows one run over six innings for his 100th career win. His ERA actually goes up to 1.10. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

D. Freese
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Milwaukee

C. Gomez
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 2B-3B5120000 .288
Carlos Beltran, RF5010013 .299
Matt Holliday, LF4100022 .253
Allen Craig, 1B5112012 .262
Yadier Molina, C4121010 .327
David Freese, 3B3121111 .192
    Trevor Rosenthal, P0000000 .000
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
Jon Jay, CF4020002 .216
Pete Kozma, SS3012100 .261
Jake Westbrook, P3110003 .182
    Joe Kelly, P0000000 .000
    Mitchell Boggs, P0000000 .000
    Daniel Descalso, 2B1000000 .167
Totals37612626  
Batting
RBI - Allen Craig 2 (20), Yadier Molina (16), David Freese (4), Pete Kozma 2 (11)
2-OUT RBI - Allen Craig 2 (12), Yadier Molina (6), David Freese (2), Pete Kozma 2 (3)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Kozma-M. Carpenter
E - Daniel Descalso (5, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jake Westbrook (W,2-1) 6611340 1.07
Joe Kelly 0.2222010 9.64
Mitchell Boggs0000200 12.66
Trevor Rosenthal (H,8) 1.1210030 3.18
Edward Mujica (S,7) 1211020 2.25
HBP - Betancourt (by Joe Kelly)
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Westbrook 96-59, Joe Kelly 13-10, Mitchell Boggs 13-5, Trevor Rosenthal 28-20, Edward Mujica 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Westbrook 7-6, Trevor Rosenthal 1-1
Batters Faced - Jake Westbrook 26, Joe Kelly 5, Mitchell Boggs 2, Trevor Rosenthal 7, Edward Mujica 5
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF5120000 .255
Jean Segura, SS3001113 .347
Ryan Braun, LF5021013 .293
Yuniesky Betancourt, 3B3000123 .270
Rickie Weeks, 2B4120102 .198
Carlos Gomez, CF4121111 .372
Martin Maldonado, C4011123 .224
Alex Gonzalez, 1B5011013 .169
    Josh Prince, PR0000000 .200
Wily Peralta, P2000012 .273
    Alfredo Figaro, P0000000 .000
   a- Logan Schafer, PH1110000 .167
    Tom Gorzelanny, P0000000 .000
   b- Blake Lalli, PH1110000 .176
    Burke Badenhop, P0000000 .000
   c- Jonathan Lucroy, PH1000011 .233
Totals385125510  
a-singled for Figaro in the 7th
b-singled for Gorzelanny in the 8th
c-struck out for Badenhop in the 9th
Batting
2B - Norichika Aoki 2 (6, Westbrook, Kelly), Ryan Braun (5, Westbrook)
SF - Jean Segura (1)
RBI - Jean Segura (11), Ryan Braun (23), Carlos Gomez (11), Martin Maldonado (11), Alex Gonzalez (6)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Braun (7), Carlos Gomez (5), Alex Gonzalez (3)
SB - Carlos Gomez 2 (6, 3rd base off Westbrook/Molina, 2nd base off Mujica/Molina)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Segura-Weeks-A. Gonzalez, Segura-Weeks-A. Gonzalez
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wily Peralta (L,2-2) 4.11166230 6.00
Alfredo Figaro 2.2100020 2.84
Tom Gorzelanny 1000000 1.42
Burke Badenhop 1000010 4.66
HBP - Holliday (by Wily Peralta)
Pitches-Strikes - Wily Peralta 80-50, Alfredo Figaro 27-19, Tom Gorzelanny 8-8, Burke Badenhop 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wily Peralta 5-4, Alfredo Figaro 5-0, Burke Badenhop 1-1
Batters Faced - Wily Peralta 26, Alfredo Figaro 8, Tom Gorzelanny 3, Burke Badenhop 3
Game Information
Attendance - 22204
Game Time - 3:18
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Todd Tichenor, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor