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Jay breaks tie in ninth as Cardinals clip Brewers

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MILWAUKEE -- The St. Louis Cardinals never quit.

Jon Jay homered and drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth and Allen Craig and Daniel Descalso each hit home runs to lead the Cardinals to a 7-6 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday.

"You saw a little bit of their relentless approach," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "It helps guys to know that if they stay with it, they can come back."

Stay with it was exactly what St. Louis did three times to take the series from the Brewers and a win Sunday gives them a sweep of the four-game series.

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St. Louis struck last with a manufactured run in the ninth that game them their fifth win in a row.

Shane Robinson, who came in as part of a double switch in the bottom of the eighth, singled to center and then took second on center fielder Carlos Gomez's fielding error off Jim Henderson (2-1) who started the ninth for Milwaukee with the game tied at 6. Robinson stole third and then scored when Jay singled up the middle, the last lead change in a back-and-forth game.

"When we go out there and we battle, we've got a pretty good offense," Jay said.

Jay hit a three-run home run in the second, Craig connected for a solo shot in the sixth and Descalso put the Cardinals ahead with a two-run homer in the seventh.

"That probably the first time that's happened," Jay said of the home runs from the three of them.

The Brewers trailed by one in the eighth when they got one-out singles that put runners on the corners. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny brought in Randy Choate. Norichika Aoki dropped a perfect bunt down as pinch-runner Jeff Bianchi raced home and slide feet first, avoiding catcher Yadier Molina's tag. Seth Maness (1-0) came on and got the Cardinals out of the jam, getting Jean Segura to hit into a double play.

Matheny turned to Maness because of a thin bullpen, but also the Cardinals manager believed that he could do the job.

"He got the ball down and got the big double play in the eighth," Matheny said. "That was huge. We have a few of those guys that really don't fall into traps when the intensity gets higher. They just make their pitches."

Maness earned his first major league win. He made his major-league debut on Friday, throwing a perfect eighth inning.

"He's proving to be one of those guys," Matheny said of the relievers that can handle the pressure.

Edward Mujica pitched the ninth for his eighth save.

Descalso hit his first homer of the season off reliever Tom Gorzelanny who came on for starter Yovani Gallardo. The Milwaukee right-hander looked liked he might pick up the win after Milwaukee went ahead 5-4 in the sixth.

"We've been winning game," Jay said. "We all believe in ourselves, and we just have to have that mind-set every day."

That didn't happen, but it kept Gallardo from suffering another loss to St. Louis. He came in 1-10 in 15 starts.

Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright gave up Segura's two-run home run in the first, but nothing more until three runs in the sixth ended his start and put the Brewers ahead 5-4.

Gomez hit a one-out solo home run. Martin Maldonado singled, advanced on Alex Gonzalez' single and both scored on pinch-hitter Jonathan Lucroy's double. After Wainwright hit Aoki for the second time in the game, Kelly took over and got Segura to hit into a double play.

Wainwright went 5 1-3, allowed 11 hits, the most since he gave up 11 on Opening Day at Arizona, and struck out five.

His first three pitches of the game hurt, especially the one that snapped his streak of not allowing a home run this season.

On a 1-0 pitch, Aoki' singled. Then first-pitch swinging Segura hit his fourth home run of the season.

Jay's three-run homer in the second erased Milwaukee's 2-0 lead.

Craig singled and advanced on David Freese' hit up the middle which Gallardo deflected just enough to cause shortstop Segura to backtrack and then throw late to second for the force. Jay crushed a 2-0 pitch for his third of the season.

Gallardo said the play could have gone another way.

"If I catch it, it's an easy double play, or, if I just get out of the way, Segura is right behind me. Obviously, it doesn't help falling behind the next guy and then leave a pitch out over the zone to hit it for a home run."

After Jay's home run, Gallardo retired 13 of the next 14 batter, but then gave up Craig' homer into the Cardinals' bullpen in right-center field.

Notes

  • Brewers INF Yunieskey Betancourt's single in the first was the 1,000th of his career.
  • Brewers OF Carlos Gomez extended his hitting streak to 11 games with single in the first and raised his NL-leading batting average to .374.
  • Cardinals RHP Jake Westbrook is the only starting pitcher in the NL who has not allowed a home run this season.
  • Brewers 3B Aramis Rameriz sat out the game in a precautionary move. He played Friday night after missing 23 games due to a sprained right knee.
 
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Jon Jay comes up big twice for the Cards, once with a three-run HR in the second and again with the go-ahead RBI in the ninth. (USATSI)
Jon Jay comes up big twice for the Cards, once with a three-run HR in the second and again with the go-ahead RBI in the ninth. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

J. Segura
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
St. Louis

J. Jay
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
 

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St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 2B-3B5000022 .274
Carlos Beltran, RF5000012 .280
Matt Holliday, LF4000010 .262
    Seth Maness, P0000000 .000
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
Allen Craig, 1B4221020 .286
Yadier Molina, C4010011 .327
David Freese, 3B3120001 .233
    Joe Kelly, P0000000 .000
    Fernando Salas, P0000000 .000
    Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
    Shane Robinson, LF1110000 .192
Jon Jay, CF3124111 .243
Pete Kozma, SS4110001 .260
Adam Wainwright, P2000010 .176
    Daniel Descalso, 2B1112100 .180
Totals36710729  
Batting
2B - Yadier Molina (9, Gallardo)
HR - Allen Craig (1, Gallardo), Jon Jay (3, Gallardo), Daniel Descalso (1, Gorzelanny)
RBI - Allen Craig (21), Jon Jay 4 (14), Daniel Descalso 2 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Allen Craig (13)
SB - Shane Robinson (2, 3rd base off Henderson/Maldonado)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Kozma-M. Carpenter-Craig, Kelly-Kozma-Craig, M. Carpenter-Descalso-Craig, M. Carpenter-Craig
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Adam Wainwright 5.11155052 2.72
Joe Kelly 1.1100100 8.44
Fernando Salas (H,2) 0.2211000 4.38
Randy Choate (BS,1)0000000 2.25
Seth Maness (W,1-0) 0.2000000 0.00
Edward Mujica (S,8) 1000000 2.08
HBP - Aoki (by Adam Wainwright), Aoki (by Adam Wainwright)
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 101-69, Joe Kelly 16-8, Fernando Salas 11-9, Randy Choate 1-1, Seth Maness 2-2, Edward Mujica 17-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 4-6, Joe Kelly 2-0, Fernando Salas 1-1, Randy Choate 1-0, Seth Maness 1-0, Edward Mujica 2-1
Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 28, Joe Kelly 4, Fernando Salas 4, Randy Choate 1, Seth Maness 1, Edward Mujica 3
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF2121000 .278
Jean Segura, SS5122003 .336
Ryan Braun, LF5010022 .297
Yuniesky Betancourt, 3B-1B5010003 .268
Rickie Weeks, 2B4000111 .185
Carlos Gomez, CF4121001 .373
Martin Maldonado, C4120000 .245
Alex Gonzalez, 1B4120013 .184
    Jeff Bianchi, PR-3B0100000 .000
Yovani Gallardo, P2000010 .250
   a- Jonathan Lucroy, PH1012000 .233
    Tom Gorzelanny, P0000000 .000
    Burke Badenhop, P0000000 .000
   b- Logan Schafer, PH1010000 .188
    Jim Henderson, P0000000 .000
Totals37614615  
a-singled for Gallardo in the 6th
b-singled for Badenhop in the 8th
Batting
2B - Alex Gonzalez (2, Wainwright)
HR - Jean Segura (4, Wainwright), Carlos Gomez (6, Wainwright)
SH - Norichika Aoki (3)
RBI - Norichika Aoki (7), Jean Segura 2 (13), Carlos Gomez (12), Jonathan Lucroy 2 (16)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Norichika Aoki 1
E - Carlos Gomez (1, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Yovani Gallardo 6644042 4.50
Tom Gorzelanny (BS,1) 1222101 2.63
Burke Badenhop 1000030 4.22
Jim Henderson (L,2-1) 1211120 1.38
Pitches-Strikes - Yovani Gallardo 90-56, Tom Gorzelanny 15-8, Burke Badenhop 17-11, Jim Henderson 24-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yovani Gallardo 9-5, Tom Gorzelanny 1-1, Jim Henderson 1-0
Batters Faced - Yovani Gallardo 24, Tom Gorzelanny 5, Burke Badenhop 3, Jim Henderson 6
Game Information
Attendance - 36156
Game Time - 3:16
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Todd Tichenor, Third Base - Dale Scott