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Bianchi's RBI single leads Brewers past Cards in 10th

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ST. LOUIS -- Jeff Bianchi got a rare start and made the move pay off for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Bianchi drove in two runs with a 10th-inning single up the middle as the Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 on Saturday night.

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Bianchi made his second start since coming off the disabled list on May 2 after he was sidelined by bursitis in his left hip.

"It feels great," he said. "Biggest thing was we got a win."

The Brewers snapped a four-game losing streak and improved to 3-13 in May. It also gave John Axford (1-3) his first win since Sept. 1, 2012.

Jim Henderson worked a perfect inning for his eighth save in eight chances.

Getting the start over the struggling Rickie Weeks, Bianchi singled just past diving shortstop Pete Kozma to give him his first two RBIs of the season. He had only five at-bats before Saturday and one hit in seven games.

The Brewers loaded the bases with one out in the 10th against Joe Kelly (0-2). Logan Schafer grounded into a fielder's choice to a pulled-in Kozma, who threw home to force out Ryan Braun and set up Bianchi's game-winner.

"You get a guy at third base with no out, all of a sudden the next two guys make outs and you're like, `OK,"' Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "And we get a big hit."

Kelly allowed runs for the first time in five appearances. He allowed two hits and a walk in one inning for the Cardinals, who fell to 0-3 in extra-inning games.

"I just gave up some hits and then I got the ground balls I needed to. I thought I was going to get out of it, and made another good pitch," Kelly said. "It found a way to stick up the middle."

Axford gave up one hit and two walks in 1 1-3 innings to earn the win. Axford struck out two, including pinch-hitter Daniel Descalso with the bases loaded to end a ninth-inning threat.

He also threw as hard as he had in some time, clocking one pitch at 97 mph.

"I've been feeling good lately," he said. "I looked in the mirror and got a little deeper inside myself the last few outings. I think I dug in and realized I need to do a little bit more."

Jean Segura, Ryan Braun, Aramis Ramirez all had three hits for the Brewers. Segura and Braun both had two RBI.

The Cardinals used four consecutive singles with two outs in the sixth inning to tie it 4-4. Matt Carpenter's hit chased Milwaukee starter Marco Estrada and drove in Kozma who started the rally. Jon Jay's single brought in Ty Wigginton.

Braun gave Milwaukee a 4-2 lead in the fifth with his second single of the game.

The Brewers broke through in the third with a two-out rally. Segura's fourth triple of the season drove in Bianchi and Norichika Aoki to make it 2-2. Braun gave Milwaukee a 3-2 lead with his first single.

St. Louis scored twice in the second but left the bases loaded. Kozma drove in Allen Craig, who walked to start the inning. Carpenter's single gave the Cardinals a 2-0 lead.

Estrada gave up four runs, seven hits and four walks over 5 2-3 innings. He struck out two.

Lance Lynn lasted just five innings. He gave up four earned runs on eight hits and two walks as his ERA rose to 3.27 from 2.88.

He struck out three, his fewest since his first start of the season when he was lifted after four innings at Arizona on April 3.

"I would have liked to pitch better today to help us win the game," Lynn said. "But everybody else picked up the slack."

Notes

  • Kozma has a five-game hitting streak (7-of-19, .368).
  • Jay has 14 RBI in the past 14 games.
  • Aoki has multiple hits in five of six games (13-of-26, .500).
  • Brewers LHP Chris Naverson threw curveballs on Friday for the first time since going on the disabled list April 7 because of a strained left middle finger. Roenicke said it was the final test before he is cleared to throw in a rehab game.
  • Milwaukee LHP Tom Gorzelanny is on pace to return from the disabled list at the end of the month. He is set to throw a bullpen session Sunday and a simulated game Tuesday. He has been sidelined since May 8 because of tendinitis in his left shoulder.
  • Former Cardinals OF So Taguchi provided color commentary for Japanese broadcaster NHK from its Tokyo studio.
 
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Jeff Bianchi drives in two runs with a 10th-inning single, which proves to be the winning runs against the Cardinals. (USATSI)
Jeff Bianchi drives in two runs with a 10th-inning single, which proves to be the winning runs against the Cardinals. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

P. Kozma
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Milwaukee

J. Segura
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF4220100 .323
Jean Segura, SS4132011 .361
Ryan Braun, LF5032011 .326
Aramis Ramirez, 3B5130002 .352
Jonathan Lucroy, C3000102 .215
Carlos Gomez, CF3100221 .345
Yuniesky Betancourt, 1B4000014 .225
    John Axford, P0000000 .000
   a- Logan Schafer, PH1000003 .163
    Jim Henderson, P0000000 .000
Jeff Bianchi, 2B5122011 .300
Marco Estrada, P1000000 .188
    Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
    Burke Badenhop, P0000000 .000
   b- Rickie Weeks, PH1000010 .175
    Brandon Kintzler, P0000000 .000
    Alex Gonzalez, 1B2000022 .181
Totals38613649  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Axford in the 10th
b-struck out for Badenhop in the 7th
Batting
3B - Jean Segura (4, Lynn)
SH - Marco Estrada (4)
RBI - Jean Segura 2 (20), Ryan Braun 2 (28), Jeff Bianchi 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Jean Segura 2 (5), Ryan Braun (8), Jeff Bianchi 2 (2)
PK - Jean Segura (1, Lynn)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Segura-Betancourt
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Marco Estrada 5.2744420 5.44
Mike Gonzalez (BS,3)0100000 3.86
Burke Badenhop 0.1000010 2.76
Brandon Kintzler 1.2100020 3.86
John Axford (W,1-3) 1.1100230 7.79
Jim Henderson (S,8) 1000000 1.00
IBB - Molina by John Axford
Pitches-Strikes - Marco Estrada 93-53, Mike Gonzalez 5-3, Burke Badenhop 4-3, Brandon Kintzler 17-10, John Axford 33-13, Jim Henderson 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Marco Estrada 5-10, Brandon Kintzler 1-1, John Axford 1-0, Jim Henderson 1-2
Batters Faced - Marco Estrada 28, Mike Gonzalez 1, Burke Badenhop 1, Brandon Kintzler 5, John Axford 7, Jim Henderson 3
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 2B4012101 .303
Jon Jay, CF4011113 .273
Matt Holliday, LF5010013 .272
Allen Craig, RF-1B3110211 .307
Yadier Molina, C4020112 .335
Matt Adams, 1B4000014 .421
    Trevor Rosenthal, P0000000 .000
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
   a- Daniel Descalso, PH1000013 .197
    Joe Kelly, P0000000 .000
David Freese, 3B5110001 .210
Pete Kozma, SS5121011 .265
Lance Lynn, P0000100 .071
    Fernando Salas, P0000000 .000
   b- Ty Wigginton, PH1110000 .207
    Carlos Martinez, P0000000 .000
    Carlos Beltran, RF2000010 .295
Totals38410468  
a-struck out for Mujica in the 9th
b-singled for Salas in the 6th
Batting
2B - Matt Holliday (7, Axford), Allen Craig (12, M. Estrada)
SH - Lance Lynn (6)
RBI - Matt Carpenter 2 (14), Jon Jay (22), Pete Kozma (16)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Carpenter 2 (8), Jon Jay (10), Pete Kozma (6)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Kozma-M. Carpenter-Adams, Kozma-M. Carpenter-Adams, Kozma-M. Carpenter-Adams
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Lance Lynn 5844230 3.27
Fernando Salas 1000010 3.94
Carlos Martinez 1.2100010 5.06
Trevor Rosenthal 0.1000110 2.53
Edward Mujica 1100020 1.50
Joe Kelly (L,0-2) 1322110 7.36
IBB - Gomez by Joe Kelly
HBP - Segura (by Carlos Martinez), Lucroy (by Carlos Martinez)
WP - Trevor Rosenthal (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Lance Lynn 89-56, Fernando Salas 14-10, Carlos Martinez 24-16, Trevor Rosenthal 17-13, Edward Mujica 13-9, Joe Kelly 19-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Lance Lynn 8-1, Carlos Martinez 3-0, Edward Mujica 1-0, Joe Kelly 2-0
Batters Faced - Lance Lynn 22, Fernando Salas 3, Carlos Martinez 7, Trevor Rosenthal 2, Edward Mujica 4, Joe Kelly 7
Game Information
Attendance - 42410
Game Time - 3:48
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Mike DiMuro, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Alfonso Marquez, Third Base - Chris Conroy