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MILWAUKEE -- Jaime Garcia put the Brewers and St. Louis' sweep of Milwaukee under wraps.
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"Early in the season, late in the season, it doesn't matter when you get a series win like this one," Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina said. "Everything went good this weekend. We pitched good and really hit the ball well."
Matt Holliday also hit a home run for the Cardinals, who have won six straight, their most since taking eight in a row from July 11-21, 2010. It was the first time the Cardinals have four in a row from the Brewers, who moved to the NL and have been in the Cardinals' division since the 1998 season.
Garcia (4-1), who won his third consecutive game, gave up one run on eight hits. He had three strikeouts and only one walk.
"I felt really good out there," he said. "I was able to keep the ball down and keep our team in the game."
Marco Estrada (2-2) lasted 3 1/3 innings for the Brewers, who have lost five in a row. He gave up eight runs on six hits and had a career high six walks.
The Cardinals scored six runs in the second inning to take control of the game on three hits as St. Louis sent 10 men to the plate. Estrada was wild and loaded the bases with two walks and single.
Shane Robinson and Holliday forced in runs with walks before Craig lined a double to the left field corner to drive in three runs. Yadier Molina's RBI single scored Craig.
Garcia lobbied Cardinals manager Mike Matheny to be allowed to pitch the ninth, but Carlos Martinez finished off the eight-hitter for Milwaukee.
"He pitched a great game," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "Everything really came together for us this weekend. We had great pitching, good hitting and strong defense."
Marco Estrada (2-2) lasted 3 1/3 innings for the Brewers, who have lost five in a row. He gave up eight runs on six hits and had a career high six walks in what he said may have been the worst outing of his big league career.
"I had no idea where the ball was going," he said. "I made a lot of pitches in the second inning. I couldn't find it after that. It was one of those outings where I had no clue what I was doing out there."
|Cards starter Jaime Garcia manages to do what his counterpart Marco Estrade could not. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Jon Jay , CF||4||2||2||0||0||0||1||.252||.339||.393|
|Shane Robinson , RF||3||2||1||1||3||0||1||.207||.395||.207|
|Matt Holliday , LF||3||3||2||3||1||0||2||.274||.379||.462|
|a-Jermaine Curtis , PH-LF||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.000||.333||.000|
|Allen Craig , 1B||5||1||2||4||0||1||5||.291||.323||.419|
|Yadier Molina , C||3||0||1||1||0||1||2||.328||.361||.457|
|b-Tony Cruz , PH-C||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.167||.286||.167|
|David Freese , 3B||5||0||0||0||0||3||6||.215||.292||.262|
|Daniel Descalso , 2B||3||1||0||0||2||2||3||.172||.243||.266|
|Pete Kozma , SS||5||1||2||0||0||1||1||.267||.315||.337|
|Jaime Garcia , SP||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.000||.000||.000|
|c-Ty Wigginton , PH-3B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.136||.208||.136|
|a-Walked for M Holliday in the 8th.|
|b-Singled for Y Molina in the 8th.|
|c-Struck out swinging for J Garcia in the 9th.|
|2B - A Craig (10)|
|3B - A Craig (1)|
|HR - M Holliday (5)|
|RBI - S Robinson (1); M Holliday 3 (21); A Craig 4 (25); Y Molina (17); T Cruz (1)|
|SB - S Robinson (3)|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Jaime Garcia (W,4-1)||8.0||8||1||1||1||3||0||2.25|
|Norichika Aoki , RF||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.268||.354||.402|
|Jean Segura , SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.333||.380||.523|
|Ryan Braun , LF||2||0||2||0||1||0||0||.311||.398||.573|
|Aramis Ramirez , 3B||3||0||0||0||0||1||5||.368||.429||.526|
|Rickie Weeks , 2B||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.189||.302||.297|
|Jonathan Lucroy , 1B||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.223||.272||.362|
|Carlos Gomez , CF||4||1||1||0||0||2||0||.368||.417||.642|
|Yuniesky Betancourt , LF||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.277||.306||.525|
|Marco Estrada , SP||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.214||.214||.286|
|Alfredo Figaro , RP||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||1.000||1.000||1.000|
|Alex Gonzalez , PH-3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.182||.220||.247|
|Blake Lalli , C||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.158||.158||.158|
|Jeff Bianchi , 2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000||.000||.000|
|Martin Maldonado , PH-C||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.241||.317||.407|
|2B - R Braun (6); C Gomez (7)|
|RBI - A Figaro (1)|
|S - M Estrada (1)|
|Marco Estrada (L,2-2)||3.1||6||8||8||5||5||1||6.05|
|Attendance - 38620|
|Game Time - 3:12|
|Temperature - 63|
|Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Bill Miller|