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Cards avoid Brewers sweep behind Craig's four-hit day

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ST. LOUIS -- After failing to hold three-run leads in two straight games, Allen Craig and the St. Louis Cardinals put their series final against Milwaukee out of reach.

Craig homered on a four-hit day that included three RBI, and Matt Adams hit a three-run homer as the Cardinals beat the Brewers 9-3 on Wednesday.

"It's nice to see some big production that we know is going to come from certain guys," said Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, who slept on his office couch after an 11-inning loss Tuesday night.

Jon Jay had three hits and a walk his first four trips to the plate. The Cardinals avoided a three-game sweep against the team with the best record in the major leagues.

"I've been feeling pretty good at the plate for a little while now, hitting some balls hard," Craig said. "Frustration's part of it. Things are going to turn around."

Shelby Miller (3-2) worked around home runs to Mark Reynolds and Carlos Gomez, allowing three runs and six hits in six-plus innings.

"Kind of little rough early on," Miller said. "It's always nice to have a lot of runs scored for you, but at the same time, you've got to act like it's a close game no matter what."

Milwaukee is 20-8, a franchise record for victories through the season's first full first month.

Matt Garza (1-3) joined the lengthy list of injured Brewers when he was removed in the fourth inning because of a bruised right thumb from getting jammed on an at-bat to end the third. He said there was no doubt he'd be ready for his next start.

"I'm going to make sure I'm OK by then," Garza said. "I'm not here to skip a start, I'm prepared to pitch. I want to get right back out there."'

Ryan Braun (oblique) and Jean Segura (cut on head) didn't start during the series, and Aramis Ramirez (elbow) was out the last two games for Milwaukee, which batted light-swinging Scooter Gennett third. Segura and Ramirez are expected to return Thursday for the start of a four-game series at Cincinnati, though Braun remains day to day.

Manager Ron Roenicke said Braun will not start Thursday and added, "In a couple days, he needs to be ready to go."

Segura played the eighth at shortstop and doubled in the ninth.

It was 50 degrees at game time. The sun popped out of the clouds a few times, each time getting a big cheer.

Matt Holliday's RBI single put the Cardinals in front in the first, Reynolds hit a two-run shot in the second and Adams answered in the third with his second of the season, estimated at 439 feet, for a 4-3 lead.

Craig doubled for the second straight at-bat in the fourth, driving in two runs off Wei-Chung Wang, and RBI doubles by Miller and Jay made it 8-3 in the fifth.

The four-hit game matched Craig's career best. He had seven hits in the series, including two home runs, lifting his average to .220.

Miller allowed three runs and five hits the first three innings, but no runs on one hit and three walks the rest of his outing. He has given up seven home runs.

Garza was charged with five runs and rookie Wei-Chung Wang gave up four runs in three innings. Backup catcher Martin Maldonado pitched the eighth for the Brewers, the 13th reliever needed to cover 16 innings in the series.

Roenicke told Maldonado not to throw too hard.

Notes

The Cardinals are skipping the fifth spot in the rotation, taking advantage of a day off Thursday and planning to start Adam Wainwright against the Cubs' Travis Wood on Friday in Chicago. Marco Estrada (2-1, 2.87) is to pitch for the Brewers on Thursday, opposing Homer Bailey (1-2, 6.15). ... The Cardinals said Jim Edmonds, Willie McGee, Mike Shannon and Marty Marion will be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame in August. ... Jay is 8 for 13 against Garza. ... Miller has 19 career victories, including a 5-0 record against Milwaukee.

 
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Allen Craig matches his career high with four hits, driving in three to help carry St. Louis.  (USATSI)
Allen Craig matches his career high with four hits, driving in three to help carry St. Louis. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

M. Reynolds
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
St. Louis

A. Craig
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Carlos Gomez, CF5121002 .293
Elian Herrera, RF-LF5010014 .222
Scooter Gennett, 2B5020003 .302
Jonathan Lucroy, C4010002 .295
Lyle Overbay, 1B4000021 .279
Khris Davis, LF3100001 .238
   Martin Maldonado, P0000000 .294
Mark Reynolds, 3B-RF2112201 .224
Jeff Bianchi, SS-3B4010003 .184
Matt Garza, P2000002 .000
   Wei-Chung Wang, P0000000 .000
   a-Rickie Weeks, PH0000100 .188
   Zach Duke, P0000000 .000
   Jean Segura, SS1010000 .244
Totals3539333  
a-walked for Wang in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jean Segura (4, Fornataro)
HR - Carlos Gomez (7, Miller), Mark Reynolds (6, Miller)
RBI - Carlos Gomez (15), Mark Reynolds 2 (11)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Reynolds 2 (3)
CS - Scooter Gennett (2, 2nd base by Miller/Cruz)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
PB - Jonathan Lucroy (2)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Garza (L,1-3) 3555441 5.00
Wei-Chung Wang 3644221 15.00
Zach Duke 1100020 1.35
Martin Maldonado 1100000 0.00
IBB - Holliday by Wei-Chung Wang
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Garza 83-54, Wei-Chung Wang 70-35, Zach Duke 12-8, Martin Maldonado 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Garza 1-5, Wei-Chung Wang 4-3, Martin Maldonado 1-2
Batters Faced - Matt Garza 19, Wei-Chung Wang 17, Zach Duke 4, Martin Maldonado 4
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 3B4110101 .264
Jon Jay, CF4231111 .284
Matt Holliday, LF4221102 .283
   Randal Grichuk, LF0000000 .143
Matt Adams, 1B5113026 .321
Allen Craig, RF5143001 .220
Jhonny Peralta, SS4000103 .196
Greg Garcia, 2B5110022 .200
Tony Cruz, C3000203 .333
Shelby Miller, P4111035 .250
   Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
   Eric Fornataro, P0000000 .000
Totals38913968  
Batting
2B - Jon Jay 2 (4, Garza), Allen Craig 2 (5, Garza), Greg Garcia (1, Wang), Shelby Miller (2, Wang)
HR - Matt Adams (2, Garza), Allen Craig (3, Wang)
RBI - Jon Jay (10), Matt Holliday (17), Matt Adams 3 (8), Allen Craig 3 (11), Shelby Miller (2)
2-OUT RBI - Jon Jay (7), Allen Craig 2 (4)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Peralta-G. Garcia-Adams
E - Matt Carpenter (5, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Shelby Miller (W,3-2) 6633312 3.15
Randy Choate 2100020 0.96
Eric Fornataro 1200000 3.86
HBP - Davis (by Randy Choate)
Pitches-Strikes - Shelby Miller 90-52, Randy Choate 25-15, Eric Fornataro 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shelby Miller 9-8, Randy Choate 1-2, Eric Fornataro 1-2
Batters Faced - Shelby Miller 27, Randy Choate 7, Eric Fornataro 5
Game Information
Attendance - 40783
Game Time - 3:25
Temperature - 48
Umpires - Home - Dan Bellino, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Toby Basner, Third Base - D.J. Reyburn