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Cardinals survive Brewers in 10

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MILWAUKEE -- After coming off a 15-inning loss at Colorado the night before, another extra-inning affair wasn't what a weary St. Louis Cardinals team needed.

Fighting to maintain control of the lead in the NL Central, the Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers Friday night on Carlos Beltran's sacrifice fly in the 10th inning, preserving their roost atop the division.

"Getting taken into extra innings isn't what we were looking for, but what a win," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. "That would be a pretty tough one to eat when you have the two-run lead. It was just a great, great win."

The Cardinals hold a two-game lead over Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. The Reds downed the Pirates 6-5 in 10 innings to move into a tie for second place.

"That says a lot about this club the way we responded. It was a huge win and we needed that one," said Matt Carpenter, who had three hits and a walk in six plate appearances. "Every game is crucial."

Matt Adams, who has been plagued by right elbow soreness and was fitted for a brace before the game, smacked a towering two-run, ninth-inning home run to give the Cardinals a 6-4 lead, but the Brewers rallied for two runs in the bottom of the frame to tie the game.

Adam's blast to right-center field came off Brewers' closer Jim Henderson, who walked Matt Holliday to start the inning.

Former Brewers closer John Axford (7-7), acquired by St. Louis last month, picked up the win. Carlos Martinez got his first save of the year for the Cardinals.

"Coming back here to Miller Park, I was definitely nervous in the pen, but when I was out there on the mound I was calm," Axford said. "We needed that win."

Michael Blazek (0-1), whom the Brewers received in the deal for Axford, took the loss. Beltran's fly ball to deep right field off Blazek scored Kolten Wong, who led off the 10th with a walk.

Matheny was impressed with Axford's composure.

"He was sharp, looked good and [got] a real big double play ball for us. It was pretty impressive how he could maintain and do that under that kind of pressure."

Trailing by two runs in the bottom of the ninth, the Brewers got a leadoff double from Jeff Bianchi and he later scored on a single by pinch-hitter Logan Schafer. The Brewers added another run on Aramis Ramirez's slow roller off Axford. Carlos Gomez grounded into an inning-ending double play to send the game to extra innings.

"I was just trying to get a groundball and get us back in the dugout," Axford said. "I would have preferred to have gotten the save as opposed to the win, but it worked out."

Axford came on in relief of closer Edward Mujica, whom the Brewers tagged for three hits and two runs in one-third of an inning.

"We are trying to get our closer right. We are one groundball away from turning a double play," Matheny said. "We turn a double play, he gets a save, we get a win and he is feeling pretty good about himself. It didn't happen tonight. We hurt for him."

The Cardinals jumped on Brewers' starter Johnny Hellweg for a run in the first inning on Matt Holliday's single.

Ramirez hit a three-run home run with one out in the Brewers' half of the first off Shelby Miller, who entered the game having given up just three earned runs over 25 innings in four previous starts against the Brewers this season.

"It was a hanging breaking ball that didn't finish," Miller said. "Obviously a bad way to start off the first inning. Other than that, we settled in and battled as much as we could. At the end of the day it was a huge win for us."

Miller surrendered seven hits and four runs in six innings. He walked two and struck out four.

Hellweg gave up seven hits and two runs over in an erratic five-inning stint. He walked five, struck out one, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch.

"He looked pretty good today," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "He faced a really good lineup. He also got ground balls when he needed them and got double plays. That's what he does."

Notes

The Cardinals ran their record to 7-1 at Miller Park this season and 13-4 overall against the Brewers. ... Shelby Miller became the first St. Louis rookie pitcher to start 30 games in a season since Rick Ankiel in 2000. ... With four strikeouts, Miller passed Harvey Haddix for third place on St. Louis' rookie strikeout list with 166. ... St. Louis wraps up its final regular-season road trip with the three-game series in Milwaukee.

 
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Matt Adams briefly gives the Cardinals a 2-run lead with a ninth inning home run off Jim Henderson.   (USATSI)
Matt Adams briefly gives the Cardinals a 2-run lead with a ninth inning home run off Jim Henderson. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

A. Ramirez
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 5
St. Louis

M. Adams
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 2B5230113 .323
Carlos Beltran, RF4112113 .297
Matt Holliday, LF5132112 .297
Matt Adams, 1B5133102 .280
Yadier Molina, C5020002 .316
Jon Jay, CF4010112 .268
David Freese, 3B4010011 .265
   Pete Kozma, PR-SS1010000 .218
Daniel Descalso, SS-3B3000112 .234
Shelby Miller, P1100001 .077
   a-Shane Robinson, PH1000000 .254
   Sam Freeman, P0000000 .000
   Seth Maness, P0000000 .200
   b-Adron Chambers, PH1010000 .158
   Trevor Rosenthal, P0000000 .000
   Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
   John Axford, P0000000 .000
   c-Kolten Wong, PH0100100 .151
   Carlos Martinez, P0000000 .000
Totals39716776  
a-flied out for Miller in the 7th
b-singled for Maness in the 8th
c-walked for Axford in the 10th
Batting
2B - Matt Carpenter 2 (53, Gonzalez), Carlos Beltran (29, Gonzalez)
HR - Matt Adams (15, Henderson)
SF - Carlos Beltran (6)
SH - Daniel Descalso (3)
RBI - Carlos Beltran 2 (81), Matt Holliday 2 (91), Matt Adams 3 (48)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Adams (20)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Carlos Beltran 1
DP - Descalso-Molina-Adams
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Shelby Miller 6744241 3.12
Sam Freeman 0.1100000 2.53
Seth Maness 0.2100000 2.29
Trevor Rosenthal 1000020 2.74
Edward Mujica (H,5) 0.1322100 2.53
John Axford (W,7-7; BS,7) 0.2100000 4.14
Carlos Martinez (S,1) 1000010 5.76
Pitches-Strikes - Shelby Miller 103-71, Sam Freeman 4-3, Seth Maness 6-4, Trevor Rosenthal 9-8, Edward Mujica 23-11, John Axford 9-7, Carlos Martinez 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shelby Miller 4-10, Sam Freeman 1-0, Seth Maness 1-0, Edward Mujica 1-0, John Axford 1-0, Carlos Martinez 2-0
Batters Faced - Shelby Miller 27, Sam Freeman 2, Seth Maness 2, Trevor Rosenthal 3, Edward Mujica 5, John Axford 2, Carlos Martinez 3
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF4340100 .284
Scooter Gennett, 2B3010002 .317
   Jim Henderson, P0000000 .000
   Donovan Hand, P0000000 .091
   a-Logan Schafer, PH1011000 .220
   Michael Blazek, P0000000 .000
Jonathan Lucroy, C4110103 .278
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4135002 .277
Carlos Gomez, CF5000012 .283
Caleb Gindl, LF4000110 .252
Sean Halton, 1B4010020 .265
Jeff Bianchi, SS5120001 .245
Johnny Hellweg, P2000022 .000
   Robert Wooten, P0000000 .000
   b-Juan Francisco, PH1000011 .228
   Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
   Brandon Kintzler, P0000000 .000
   Yuniesky Betancourt, 2B1000001 .210
Totals38613637  
a-singled for Hand in the 9th
b-struck out for Wooten in the 6th
Batting
2B - Jeff Bianchi (8, Mujica)
HR - Aramis Ramirez (11, Miller)
SF - Aramis Ramirez (3)
SH - Scooter Gennett (4), Sean Halton (1)
RBI - Logan Schafer (32), Aramis Ramirez 5 (47)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Norichika Aoki 1, Caleb Gindl 1
DP - Bianchi-Gennett-Halton, Bianchi-Gennett-Halton-Bianchi-Gennett-Halton, Bianchi-Gennett-Halton-Bianchi-Gennett-Halton-Bianchi-Gennett-Halton
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Johnny Hellweg 5722510 7.43
Robert Wooten (H,6) 1000010 2.63
Mike Gonzalez (H,11) 0.1222000 4.74
Brandon Kintzler (BS,3) 1400010 2.88
Jim Henderson 0.2122121 2.53
Donovan Hand 1100010 3.68
Michael Blazek (L,0-1) 1111100 6.46
WP - Johnny Hellweg (3)
HBP - Miller (by Johnny Hellweg)
Pitches-Strikes - Johnny Hellweg 97-49, Robert Wooten 10-8, Mike Gonzalez 9-6, Brandon Kintzler 25-17, Jim Henderson 15-8, Donovan Hand 23-14, Michael Blazek 26-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johnny Hellweg 6-3, Robert Wooten 1-1, Brandon Kintzler 1-1, Donovan Hand 2-0
Batters Faced - Johnny Hellweg 23, Robert Wooten 3, Mike Gonzalez 3, Brandon Kintzler 7, Jim Henderson 4, Donovan Hand 4, Michael Blazek 5
Game Information
Attendance - 37148
Game Time - 3:56
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Scott Barry, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Mike DiMuro