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Milwaukee at St. Louis

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Holliday breaks up no-hit bid with HR, Cards top Brewers

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ST. LOUIS -- Twice, Shelby Miller struck out the hardest man to fan in the major leagues. The rest of the time, the rookie threw more off-speed stuff than usual, let the St. Louis Cardinals defense do its job, and waited for the offense to show up.

Norichika Aoki fanned three times for the first time in his two major-league seasons, twice against Miller, and Matt Holliday's two-run homer broke up Wily Peralta's no-hit bid in the sixth inning of a 4-2 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.

"He's an amazing hitter and he's definitely a little different, how he swings and stuff," Miller said. "That's one of the main things I looked at it, going in and seeing how I needed to get him out.

"I got him with a changeup and a backup cutter."

Aoki struck for the third time against another rookie, lefty Kevin Siegrist, with a runner on second to end the seventh. Aoki entered the game as the toughest batter to fan in the majors this year, averaging one per 17.2 at-bats.

"Against Siegrist, I think the ball hit the mitt before he even swung," Miller said. "I think he throws 97-98 mph. Not fair, not fair."

Matt Carpenter and Matt Adams added RBIs in the seventh and eighth for the NL Central leaders, who are 4-0 to begin a nine-game homestand. After a day off, the Cardinals built on momentum from a three-game sweep of Pittsburgh.

"We know what's at stake," Miller said. "We're watching the other teams, we're keeping up with it all. I think it makes it more fun for us."

The 22-year-old Miller (13-9) kept the pitch count down and allowed five hits with four strikeouts and two walks in 6 2/3 innings. He's 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA in four starts against Milwaukee, the other two victories coming on the road.

"Look at his numbers; he's a great young pitcher," Brewers manager Ron Roenicks said. "The first time we saw him, he just threw high fastballs and blew us away. He's really pitching now."

Peralta (9-15) was significantly improved over his first two starts against the Cardinals, both in May, in which he allowed 12 runs and 22 hits in 9 1/3 innings. In 6 2/3 innings he was charged with three runs and three hits with seven strikeouts.

The Brewers avoided getting shut out for a third time by St. Louis on pinch-hitter Logan Schafer's two-run homer off Edward Mujica in the ninth.

Peralta struck out five of the first seven hitters and the Cardinals had two baserunners the first five innings: a walk by Holliday in the fourth and first baseman Jonathan Lucroy's error on a dropped throw in the third. Aoki kept the no-hitter going with a sliding catch down the right field line that robbed David Freese of a hit opening the fifth.

Holliday fouled balls off his left foot or ankle three times in the first two at-bats, near where he's wearing a guard from previous occurrences. Carpenter walked to open the sixth and Holliday saw only one pitch his third time against Peralta, hammering a fastball an estimated 424 feet to left-center for his 19th home run.

Holliday left during manager Mike Matheny's postgame news conference after speaking briefly to a few reporters.

Catcher Martin Maldonado said the pitch was supposed to be inside.

"We threw like eight sinkers and he didn't hit them," Maldonado said. "But that one didn't break. It wasn't a mistake.

"If that ball sinks, he might hit his foot again."

Siegrist, a 41st-round draft pick, has worked 18 consecutive scoreless innings and has held left-handed hitters to only four hits in 53 at-bats.

Rookie Scooter Gennett of Milwaukee had two hits and is batting .394 in his past 30 games.

Brett Hull chucked a side-armed ceremonial first pitch, a day after the hockey Hall of Famer rejoined the St. Louis Blues as an executive vice president.

Notes

Matheny said there was "no timetable or any better guesstimate" on when Allen Craig might return from a sprained left foot. Craig is batting .396 against Milwaukee with two home runs and 10 RBI. ... Roenicke picked the Cardinals to prevail in the Central because they're "probably the most well-rounded team," and also thought all three teams would be contenders for years to come. "And that's a tough thing for us," he said. "You don't have all these veterans who are going to be free agents and they're going to be losing all these guys." ...The Brewers played the first of 20 consecutive days, the maximum allowed in the collective bargaining agreement, to end the season. They'll use a six-man rotation the rest of the year, getting an extended look at youngsters Tyler Thornburg and Johnny Hellweg, the PCL pitcher of the year at Triple-A Nashville, and give extra days off to the rest of the rotation.

 
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Rookie Shelby Miller pitches 6 2/3 scoreless innings to help keep St. Louis a game ahead of Pittsburgh.  (USATSI)
Rookie Shelby Miller pitches 6 2/3 scoreless innings to help keep St. Louis a game ahead of Pittsburgh. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

M. Holliday
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Milwaukee

L. Schafer
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF5000031 .285
Jean Segura, SS4000010 .299
Jonathan Lucroy, 1B4010010 .284
Aramis Ramirez, 3B3020101 .275
Carlos Gomez, CF4000023 .280
Scooter Gennett, 2B4120001 .336
Caleb Gindl, LF4010011 .245
Martin Maldonado, C1000201 .173
   a-Logan Schafer, PH1112000 .223
Wily Peralta, P2000003 .149
   b-Juan Francisco, PH1000000 .235
Totals3327238  
a-homered for Maldonado in the 9th
b-flied out for Badenhop in the 9th
Batting
2B - Scooter Gennett (8, Mujica), Caleb Gindl (7, Miller)
HR - Logan Schafer (4, Mujica)
SH - Wily Peralta (8)
RBI - Logan Schafer 2 (30)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Jonathan Lucroy (6, Missed catch of throw), Martin Maldonado (4, Throwing)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wily Peralta (L,9-15) 6.2233471 4.49
Mike Gonzalez 0.1100000 4.44
Donovan Hand 0.2211120 3.73
Burke Badenhop 0.1100010 3.60
WP - Wily Peralta (11)
Pitches-Strikes - Wily Peralta 105-61, Mike Gonzalez 5-4, Donovan Hand 24-16, Burke Badenhop 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wily Peralta 5-9, Mike Gonzalez 1-0
Batters Faced - Wily Peralta 27, Mike Gonzalez 2, Donovan Hand 5, Burke Badenhop 2
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 2B3111101 .316
Jon Jay, CF4000013 .266
Matt Holliday, LF3112120 .285
Carlos Beltran, RF3010101 .308
   Adron Chambers, PR-LF0100000 .133
Yadier Molina, C3000112 .318
David Freese, 3B3000020 .263
   Daniel Descalso, 3B1000012 .238
Matt Adams, 1B4121010 .266
Pete Kozma, SS4010011 .219
Shelby Miller, P2000001 .082
   b-Brock Peterson, PH1000013 .100
Totals31464510  
a-walked for Siegrist in the 7th
b-struck out for Rosenthal in the 8th
Batting
HR - Matt Holliday (19, Peralta)
RBI - Matt Carpenter (70), Matt Holliday 2 (81), Matt Adams (39)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Carpenter (30), Matt Holliday 2 (32), Matt Adams (16)
Team LOB - 8
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Shelby Miller (W,13-9) 6.2500240 3.05
Kevin Siegrist (H,9) 0.1000010 0.56
Trevor Rosenthal (H,28) 1000130 2.27
Edward Mujica 1222001 2.23
Pitches-Strikes - Shelby Miller 108-72, Kevin Siegrist 4-4, Trevor Rosenthal 22-13, Edward Mujica 18-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shelby Miller 10-6, Edward Mujica 2-1
Batters Faced - Shelby Miller 27, Kevin Siegrist 1, Trevor Rosenthal 4, Edward Mujica 5
Game Information
Attendance - 35050
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 94
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Ron Kulpa