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Brewers stay hot, beat Cards on Davis' triple in 12th inning

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ST. LOUIS -- Khris Davis could have easily just called it a day after striking out four times.

Instead, the Milwaukee Brewers outfielder got one more chance -- and came through.

Davis hit a run-scoring triple in the 12th inning to lead the Brewers to a 5-3 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night.

"It was tough," Davis said, "but there was no doubt I still wanted to be in that situation."

Davis drove in Jonathan Lucroy, who doubled off Seth Maness (0-2) to start the inning. Mark Reynolds then drove in Davis with a sacrifice fly. Davis, who finished 1 for 6, struck out in the second, fifth, sixth and 10th innings.

"It's hard to find the positive, after a tough start in the game," Davis said. "But you know it's there. You just have to look hard to find it."

Davis found it by ripping a two-strike pitch down the right-field line.

Zach Duke (2-0) picked up the victory with two innings of scoreless relief, and Francisco Rodriguez recorded his 12th save in as many opportunities by getting Jhonny Peralta to fly out with two on to end the game.

Davis impressed his teammates with his ability to bounce back. He admitted that he, "looked real bad," in several of his early at-bats.

"I know what it's like, I've been there," Reynolds said. "It says a lot for a young guy to bounce back like that. His confidence in that situation was something else."

Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke agreed: "What he did, it's got to pump you up."

Milwaukee, which leads the majors with 19 victories, has won four of five and eight of 10 overall. The Brewers also improved to 10-1 on the road, despite being without outfielder Ryan Braun (oblique strain) and shortstop Jean Segura (bruised cheek). Both were listed as day to day.

Allen Craig and Matt Holliday hit solo home runs in the sixth inning off Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo to give St. Louis a 3-0 lead.

Holliday, who leads the team with 16 RBI, also drove in Matt Carpenter with a first-inning single for St. Louis, which has lost four of six.

The Brewers lost 14 of 19 to St. Louis last season and dropped three of the first four before Monday's victory.

"This win was huge," Roenicke said. "We got some big hits and we hung in there and battled."

Reynolds was very pleased with the way the club rallied from a 3-0 deficit.

"It's the sign of a good team to come back and win a game that maybe you weren't supposed to win," he said. "Big for the team, big for our confidence."

St. Louis starter Michael Wacha gave up three runs and eight hits over 6 1-3 innings. He struck out nine.

Gallardo, who is 1-11 lifetime against St. Louis, gave up three runs and seven hits over six innings.

Milwaukee tied the game with three runs in the seventh. After Lyle Overbay and Scooter Gennett had RBI singles, Aramis Ramirez was hit by a pitch from reliever Pat Neshek with the bases loaded and two outs. Ramirez left the game in the bottom of the inning with an elbow contusion. He, like Braun and Segura, is listed as day to day.

Wacha, who has 19 strikeouts in last two starts, cruised through the five innings. He did not allow a runner to reach second until the sixth.

"I felt good with all of my pitches and command," Wacha said. "I just let it get away from me a little in the seventh."

St. Louis manager Mike Matheny was disappointed that his team gave up a comfortable lead.

"Not very often do we get a three-run lead and not be able to hang onto it," he said. "It's as tough a one as we've had all year."

Notes

Former Cardinals catcher Tim McCarver, a national commentator for Fox Sports for the past 18 years, made his debut on the Cardinals broadcast Monday. McCarver is doing color on 30 games for Fox Sports Midwest this season. ... Lance Lynn (4-1, 3.80) will face Kyle Lohse (4-1, 2.38) in the middle game of the three-game set Tuesday. ... St. Louis lost a replay challenge in the sixth inning. Gallardo was ruled safe on an infield single. The ruling on the field was confirmed in 1 minute, 52 seconds. ... Braun was in the on-deck circle when Elian Herrera struck out to end the 10th.

 
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In a rundown, Scooter Gennett tags Matt Holliday, who tried to advance to third on Peter Bourjos' sac bunt attempt in the 10th. (USATSI)
In a rundown, Scooter Gennett tags Matt Holliday, who tried to advance to third on Peter Bourjos' sac bunt attempt in the 10th. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

M. Holliday
AB 6
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Milwaukee

S. Gennett
AB 6
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Carlos Gomez, CF5010021 .292
Scooter Gennett, 2B6021012 .303
Jonathan Lucroy, C6110016 .297
Aramis Ramirez, 3B1001110 .277
   Martin Maldonado, 1B1000101 .308
Khris Davis, LF6111048 .247
Mark Reynolds, 1B-3B5011032 .214
Jeff Bianchi, SS5110111 .207
Elian Herrera, RF4120123 .235
Yovani Gallardo, P2010001 .143
   a-Lyle Overbay, PH1111000 .294
   Tyler Thornburg, P0000000 .000
   Will Smith, P0000000 .000
   b-Rickie Weeks, PH1000001 .194
   Jim Henderson, P0000000 .000
   Brandon Kintzler, P0000000 .000
   Zach Duke, P1000010 .000
   Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
Totals445115416  
a-singled for Gallardo in the 7th
b-flied out for Smith in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jonathan Lucroy (10, Maness)
3B - Khris Davis (1, Maness)
SF - Mark Reynolds (1)
RBI - Scooter Gennett (9), Aramis Ramirez (19), Khris Davis (8), Mark Reynolds (9), Lyle Overbay (5)
2-OUT RBI - Aramis Ramirez (11)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
E - Martin Maldonado (2, Missed catch of throw)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Yovani Gallardo 6733122 1.91
Tyler Thornburg 0.1000110 0.71
Will Smith 0.2000020 0.00
Jim Henderson 1000020 3.72
Brandon Kintzler 1200010 1.29
Zach Duke (W,2-0) 2100220 1.46
Francisco Rodriguez (S,12) 1100110 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Yovani Gallardo 98-61, Tyler Thornburg 8-4, Will Smith 11-7, Jim Henderson 15-9, Brandon Kintzler 19-14, Zach Duke 39-21, Francisco Rodriguez 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yovani Gallardo 8-7, Jim Henderson 1-0, Brandon Kintzler 2-1, Zach Duke 2-2
Batters Faced - Yovani Gallardo 25, Tyler Thornburg 2, Will Smith 2, Jim Henderson 3, Brandon Kintzler 6, Zach Duke 9, Francisco Rodriguez 5
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 3B-RF4110211 .280
Jon Jay, CF6000027 .242
   Seth Maness, P0000000 .000
Matt Holliday, LF6132000 .286
Matt Adams, 1B4000010 .323
   Trevor Rosenthal, P0000000 .000
   a-Peter Bourjos, PH1000000 .160
   Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
   Daniel Descalso, 3B1000010 .097
Yadier Molina, C6020022 .344
Allen Craig, RF-1B4121220 .190
Jhonny Peralta, SS6010006 .193
Mark Ellis, 2B5020010 .160
Michael Wacha, P2000000 .000
   Pat Neshek, P0000000 .000
   b-Greg Garcia, PH0000100 .000
   Carlos Martinez, P0000000 .000
   Randal Grichuk, RF-CF2000012 .000
Totals473113511  
a-hit into fielder's choice-bunting for Rosenthal in the 10th
b-walked for Neshek in the 7th
Batting
2B - Matt Carpenter (3, Gallardo), Matt Holliday (8, Duke)
HR - Matt Holliday (2, Gallardo), Allen Craig (2, Gallardo)
RBI - Matt Holliday 2 (16), Allen Craig (7)
2-OUT RBI - Allen Craig (2)
PK - Mark Ellis (1, Gallardo)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Ellis-Peralta-Adams, Ellis-Peralta-Adams-M. Carpenter-Ellis-Adams
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Michael Wacha 6.1833290 2.48
Pat Neshek (BS,1) 0.2000010 1.69
Carlos Martinez 1000100 2.93
Trevor Rosenthal 2100140 4.73
Randy Choate 1000010 1.23
Seth Maness (L,0-2) 1222010 4.09
HBP - Gomez (by Michael Wacha), Ramirez (by Pat Neshek)
Pitches-Strikes - Michael Wacha 101-71, Pat Neshek 12-10, Carlos Martinez 10-5, Trevor Rosenthal 31-19, Randy Choate 6-6, Seth Maness 23-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Michael Wacha 3-5, Carlos Martinez 1-2, Trevor Rosenthal 1-1, Randy Choate 1-1, Seth Maness 1-1
Batters Faced - Michael Wacha 29, Pat Neshek 3, Carlos Martinez 4, Trevor Rosenthal 8, Randy Choate 3, Seth Maness 5
Game Information
Attendance - 40514
Game Time - 4:16
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Toby Basner, First Base - D.J. Reyburn, Second Base - Dan Bellino, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg