Milwaukee at St. Louis

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Milwaukee (20-7) «0030010001590
St. Louis (14-14)0000010000490

Short-handed Brewers beat Cards in extra innings again

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ST. LOUIS -- Down four regulars, the Milwaukee Brewers kept right on rolling.

Lyle Overbay fouled off two bunt attempts, then singled in Khris Davis with the tiebreaking run and the Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals in extra innings for the second successive night, winning 5-4 in 11 innings Tuesday.

"We're a team that's going to grind it out. We don't give in, we don't give up at-bats," said Milwaukee starter Kyle Lohse, a former Cardinal. "I don't really look at the big picture. We're just trying to win as many games, rack up the wins and keep piling them on."

Davis hit a go-ahead triple to help the Brewers win 5-3 in 12 innings Monday night and started the winning rally this time with a leadoff double against Kevin Siegrist (0-1).

"With two strikes, obviously I'm just trying to get him over to third base any way I can," said Overbay, who is 10 for 19 during an eight-game hitting streak. "That was a mistake, finally. The pitch that I hit up the middle, I don't know what he was trying to do with it."

Milwaukee is a major league-best 20-7, two more victories than the previous franchise best for the opening month, and 11-1 on the road.

Milwaukee's lineup featured light-swinging Scooter Gennett batting third. Ryan Braun and Jean Segura didn't start for the third consecutive game, Aramis Ramirez had a swollen elbow from getting hit by a pitch, and catcher Jonathan Lucroy got a scheduled day off that manager Ron Roenicke elected not to reschedule.

The Brewers' makeshift lineup managed just enough offense to beat the Cardinals again.

"We're playing great and we'll enjoy it as long as we can, but it's not going to last the whole season," Roenicke said. "But again, we're doing things right."

Carlos Gomez hit a home run and Lohse had a two-run single for the Brewers, who have won five of six. Tyler Thornburg (3-0) struck out four in two scoreless innings and Francisco Rodriguez finished for his 13th save in 13 chances.

Yadier Molina hit a three-run homer in the first and Allen Craig's RBI triple tied it in the seventh for the Cardinals, who have lost three of four.

"It's April," said Matt Adams, who opened with two hits but struck out his last three trips. "We're not happy that we're not winning right now but we're going to continue to show up every day ready to compete.

"Things are going to turn around in our favor."

The Brewers are 4-1 in extra innings and the Cardinals are 0-3. St. Louis 3-0 in both games in this series.

"Not as good as I should have been, plain and simple," Cardinals starter Lance Lynn said. "You get three runs in the first, you win that game."

Molina had been 1 for 13 with runners and scoring position and two outs before depositing a belt-high 1-1 fastball into the first row of seats in left-center.

It was the first home run off Lohse since he gave up two in his first start of the season, and Molina's fourth overall. Lohse followed with five scoreless innings and matched his season best with nine strikeouts, plus a two-run single to cap a three-run fourth against Lance Lynn to tie it.

"I fouled off a couple below the label and I think the one I hit was below the label as well," Lohse said. "He kept coming with fastballs, kind of did me a favor."

Gomez connected in the seventh against Tyler Lyons, in his second inning of relief. Lyons had been listed as the starter Friday at Chicago against the Cubs, but the Cardinals have a day off Thursday and could use ace Adam Wainwright on regular rest.

Notes

Shelby Miller is 4-0 with a 1.95 ERA in six career starts against the Brewers entering the series finale. Milwaukee starter Matt Garza (1-2, 4.09 ERA) is 0-1 with an 8.31 ERA in three starts in St. Louis. ... Two rehabbing Cardinals pitchers, Jaime Garcia and Jason Motte, are getting closer to returning. Garcia (shoulder surgery) is scheduled to make his first start Sunday for Double-A Springfield and the team said Motte (elbow) is likely to join that team this weekend. ... Segura pinch-hit in the ninth and was thrown out trying for a bunt hit. ... The Brewers are 36-36 at 9-year-old Busch Stadium, one of only three NL teams that are .500 or better.

 
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Francisco Rodriguez picks up his 13th save in as many chances as the Brewers beat the Cardinals in 11. (USATSI)
Francisco Rodriguez picks up his 13th save in as many chances as the Brewers beat the Cardinals in 11. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

Y. Molina
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Milwaukee

L. Overbay
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Carlos Gomez, CF5111033 .288
Elian Herrera, RF5010001 .227
Scooter Gennett, 2B5110011 .296
Khris Davis, LF5110011 .245
Lyle Overbay, 1B5122010 .308
Mark Reynolds, 3B4010121 .216
Jeff Bianchi, SS5100023 .176
Martin Maldonado, C4010121 .294
Kyle Lohse, P1012000 .083
   a-Rickie Weeks, PH1000000 .188
   Will Smith, P0000000 .000
   Jim Henderson, P0000000 .000
   b-Jean Segura, PH1000000 .236
   Tyler Thornburg, P0000000 .000
   Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
Totals41595212  
a-flied out for Lohse in the 7th
b-grounded out-bunting for Henderson in the 9th
Batting
2B - Khris Davis (7, Siegrist), Mark Reynolds (3, Lynn)
HR - Carlos Gomez (6, Lyons)
SH - Kyle Lohse (3)
RBI - Carlos Gomez (14), Lyle Overbay 2 (7), Kyle Lohse 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Gomez (6), Kyle Lohse 2 (2)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Gennett-Bianchi-Overbay
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kyle Lohse 6633191 2.70
Will Smith (BS,1) 1111220 0.73
Jim Henderson 1100010 3.38
Tyler Thornburg (W,3-0) 2000140 0.61
Francisco Rodriguez (S,13) 1100010 0.00
IBB - Holliday by Will Smith
HBP - G. Garcia (by Kyle Lohse)
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Lohse 103-67, Will Smith 21-13, Jim Henderson 9-6, Tyler Thornburg 36-24, Francisco Rodriguez 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Lohse 3-6, Will Smith 1-0, Jim Henderson 1-0, Tyler Thornburg 1-1
Batters Faced - Kyle Lohse 26, Will Smith 6, Jim Henderson 3, Tyler Thornburg 7, Francisco Rodriguez 4
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 3B6100034 .264
Allen Craig, RF4111101 .192
Matt Holliday, LF4000112 .275
Matt Adams, 1B5120032 .327
Yadier Molina, C4123113 .350
Jhonny Peralta, SS5020021 .204
Randal Grichuk, CF5010033 .143
Mark Ellis, 2B5000033 .133
Lance Lynn, P1000001 .091
   a-Greg Garcia, PH0000000 .000
   Tyler Lyons, P0000000 .000
   b-Peter Bourjos, PH0000100 .160
   Pat Neshek, P0000000 .000
   c-Jon Jay, PH1000010 .238
   Kevin Siegrist, P0000000 .000
   d-Daniel Descalso, PH1010000 .125
Totals41494417  
a-hit by pitch for Lynn in the 5th
b-walked for Lyons in the 7th
c-struck out for Neshek in the 9th
d-singled for Siegrist in the 11th
Batting
2B - Matt Adams (9, Lohse)
3B - Allen Craig (1, Smith)
HR - Yadier Molina (4, Lohse)
RBI - Allen Craig (8), Yadier Molina 3 (15)
2-OUT RBI - Yadier Molina 3 (4)
Team LOB - 9
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Lance Lynn 5533240 3.60
Tyler Lyons 2211031 4.50
Pat Neshek 2000030 1.42
Kevin Siegrist (L,0-1) 2211020 3.86
WP - Lance Lynn 2 (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Lance Lynn 102-68, Tyler Lyons 28-21, Pat Neshek 20-17, Kevin Siegrist 24-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Lance Lynn 4-7, Tyler Lyons 1-2, Pat Neshek 1-2, Kevin Siegrist 1-3
Batters Faced - Lance Lynn 22, Tyler Lyons 8, Pat Neshek 6, Kevin Siegrist 8
Game Information
Attendance - 40531
Game Time - 3:39
Temperature - 59
Umpires - Home - D.J. Reyburn, First Base - Dan Bellino, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Toby Basner