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Cardinals stay hot, finish first four-game sweep of Brewers

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MILWAUKEE -- Jaime Garcia put the Brewers and St. Louis' sweep of Milwaukee under wraps.

He pitched eight innings and Allen Craig drove in four runs to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 10-1 victory against Milwaukee and the franchise's first four-game sweep of the Brewers.

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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."

Notes

  • Gomez's fifth inning double extended his hitting streak to 12 games, which tied a career high.
  • Cardinals manager Mike Matheny gave both OF Carlos Beltran and 2B Matt Carpenter the day off.
  • Both teams wore uniforms from the 1913 season for Sunday's game.
  • RHP Wily Peralta (2-2) will start for the Brewers on Tuesday against Texas Rangers RHP Justin Grimm. RHP Lance Lynn (5-0) will start for the Cardinals on Tuesday against Chicago Cubs RHP Travis Wood (2-2).
 
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Cards starter Jaime Garcia manages to do what his counterpart Marco Estrade could not.  (Getty Images)
Cards starter Jaime Garcia manages to do what his counterpart Marco Estrade could not. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

M. Holliday
AB 3
R 3
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
St. Louis

J. Garcia
IP 8.0
H 8
ER 1
BB 1
K 3
 
St. Louis Cardinals
Jon Jay , CF4220001.252.339.393
Shane Robinson , RF3211301.207.395.207
Matt Holliday , LF3323102.274.379.462
a-Jermaine Curtis , PH-LF0000100.000.333.000
Allen Craig , 1B5124015.291.323.419
Yadier Molina , C3011012.328.361.457
b-Tony Cruz , PH-C1011000.167.286.167
David Freese , 3B5000036.215.292.262
Daniel Descalso , 2B3100223.172.243.266
Pete Kozma , SS5120011.267.315.337
Jaime Garcia , SP4000024.000.000.000
c-Ty Wigginton , PH-3B1000010.136.208.136
Totals3710111071125  
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.
BATTING
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)
BASERUNNING
SB - S Robinson (3)
St. Louis Cardinals
Jaime Garcia (W,4-1) 8.08111302.25
Carlos Martinez 1.00000100.00
Milwaukee Brewers
Norichika Aoki , RF4000003.268.354.402
Jean Segura , SS4010002.333.380.523
Ryan Braun , LF2020100.311.398.573
Aramis Ramirez , 3B3000015.368.429.526
Rickie Weeks , 2B3010011.189.302.297
Jonathan Lucroy , 1B4000002.223.272.362
Carlos Gomez , CF4110020.368.417.642
Yuniesky Betancourt , LF4020001.277.306.525
Marco Estrada , SP0000000.214.214.286
Alfredo Figaro , RP10110001.0001.0001.000
Alex Gonzalez , PH-3B1000001.182.220.247
Blake Lalli , C1000000.158.158.158
Jeff Bianchi , 2B1000000.000.000.000
Martin Maldonado , PH-C1000000.241.317.407
Totals331811415  
BATTING
2B - R Braun (6); C Gomez (7)
RBI - A Figaro (1)
S - M Estrada (1)
Milwaukee Brewers
Marco Estrada (L,2-2) 3.16885516.05
Alfredo Figaro 2.23110202.93
Mike Gonzalez 1.00000203.38
John Axford 0.12112009.95
Brandon Kintzler 0.20000105.54
Tom Gorzelanny 1.00000102.45
Game Information
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