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St. Louis at Milwaukee

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Cardinals rally from six down to beat Brewers

CBSSports.com wire reports
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MILWAUKEE -- St. Louis' power surge handed the sliding Milwaukee Brewers another demoralizing loss.

Now the Cardinals are just one game back from their familiar perch atop the NL Central.

Matt Holliday hit a solo homer with two outs in the ninth inning off closer Francisco Rodriguez, completing a comeback from a six-run deficit for a 7-6 win Friday night for St. Louis. The Brewers have lost six straight games and 10 of their last 11.

Friday night will go down as one of St. Louis manager Mike Matheny's most memorable games.

"Just to be able to keep coming and coming and the intensity, the grit, the fight, that to me is just something you just don't have every once in a while," Matheny said. "I couldn't be any more proud."

Holliday sent the first-pitch changeup from Rodriguez (3-3) into the left-field seats to break the tie. The Cardinals hit four homers and cut the sliding Brewers' lead in the NL Central to one game.

Trevor Rosenthal wrapped up six shutout innings for the St. Louis bullpen with his 28th save, getting two strikeouts after allowing a leadoff single to Aramis Ramirez in the bottom of the ninth. All-Star setup man Pat Neshek (4-0) tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings for the win.

Nick Greenwood and Seth Maness also combined for 3 2/3 scoreless innings.

"What a job," Matheny said of his relief corps.

It was also a second straight tough loss for the Brewers, who fell 9-1 on Thursday to the Phillies despite Matt Garza taking a no-hit bid into the seventh inning.

Manager Ron Roenicke was ejected in the ninth after arguing a strike call. Afterward, the visibly shaken skipper closed the clubhouse and didn't take reporters' questions, citing a death in the family of a player whom he did not name.

"For respect of him right now, we're not going to let anybody in the clubhouse," Roenicke said. "Sorry, but these things are tough and I just don't want to leave any players open to anything."

The Cardinals chipped away with three home runs off starter Yovani Gallardo.

Jhonny Peralta hit a two-run homer -- his team-high 14th -- to get St. Louis within 6-5 with one out in the sixth, two pitches after Roenicke visited the mound but decided against pulling Gallardo with the bullpen going.

Gallardo departed after Peralta's homer, having allowed five runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings. The bullpen gave up the lead anyway.

Rob Wooten loaded the bases without retiring a hitter, and lefty-hitting Oscar Tavares drove in the tying run with a grounder against left-handed reliever Zach Duke.

The Brewers tagged Joe Kelly for six runs and seven hits in three innings in his first start back from a nearly three-month stint on the disabled list with a left hamstring injury. Kelly got hurt April 16 at Miller Park.

Kelly plunked leadoff hitter Carlos Gomez just below the palm of his hand and Scooter Gennett singled. After a double steal, Milwaukee loaded the bases and eventually got a sacrifice fly from Ramirez and two-run double from Khris Davis for a 3-0 lead in the first.

Gennett finished 3 for 5 with two runs scored. He tripled in a three-run second inning during an at-bat extended after a fan in the first row down the left-field line reached for a catchable foul ball that eluded Holliday.

The slugger got his revenge in the ninth with his sixth homer of the year and first since June 15, which also was a go-ahead solo shot in the ninth in a 5-2 win over Washington.

"It kind of came in toward me," Holliday said of Rodriguez's changeup. "I got the barrel on it, it had good carry to it."

Notes

The Cardinals claimed veteran C George Kottaras off waivers from the Cleveland Indians and planned to add him to the 25-man roster Saturday. They're looking for help behind the plate with Yadier Molina out with a thumb injury. The team said Molina had surgery Friday. ... Kolten Wong hit his fourth homer for the Cardinals since coming off the DL on July 6. ... Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy will start the All-Star game Tuesday with Molina out. ... RHP Marco Estrada spent his first day in the bullpen after being bumped from the rotation for Saturday's starter, rookie Jimmy Nelson (1-0). RHP ace Adam Wainwright (11-4) goes for St. Louis.

 
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Jhonny Peralta connects for his team-high 14th homer as the Cardinals move to within one game of the Brewers.  (USATSI)
Jhonny Peralta connects for his team-high 14th homer as the Cardinals move to within one game of the Brewers. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

S. Gennett
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
St. Louis

M. Holliday
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 3B4000101 .283
Kolten Wong, 2B5111013 .243
Matt Holliday, LF4331110 .270
Matt Adams, 1B5112032 .333
Jhonny Peralta, SS4132010 .248
Allen Craig, RF4110022 .243
   Pat Neshek, P0000000 .000
   Trevor Rosenthal, P0000000 .000
Jon Jay, CF-RF4010011 .284
Tony Cruz, C3000110 .228
Joe Kelly, P1010000 .286
   Nick Greenwood, P1000000 .000
   a-Oscar Taveras, PH1001000 .200
   Seth Maness, P0000000 .400
   Peter Bourjos, CF1000000 .221
Totals377117310  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Greenwood in the 6th
Batting
2B - Matt Holliday 2 (24, Gallardo)
HR - Kolten Wong (5, Gallardo), Matt Holliday (6, Rodriguez), Matt Adams (11, Gallardo), Jhonny Peralta (14, Gallardo)
RBI - Kolten Wong (22), Matt Holliday (45), Matt Adams 2 (40), Jhonny Peralta 2 (42), Oscar Taveras (5)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Holliday (15)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Seth Maness (2, Throwing)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Joe Kelly 3766230 3.44
Nick Greenwood 2100010 4.20
Seth Maness 1.2200010 2.33
Pat Neshek (W,4-0) 1.1100110 0.70
Trevor Rosenthal (S,28) 1100020 3.50
HBP - Gomez (by Joe Kelly)
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Kelly 78-49, Nick Greenwood 16-13, Seth Maness 28-19, Pat Neshek 21-15, Trevor Rosenthal 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Kelly 3-3, Nick Greenwood 2-3, Seth Maness 4-0, Pat Neshek 1-2, Trevor Rosenthal 1-0
Batters Faced - Joe Kelly 19, Nick Greenwood 7, Seth Maness 7, Pat Neshek 6, Trevor Rosenthal 4
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Carlos Gomez, CF4210012 .298
Scooter Gennett, 2B5232011 .307
Jonathan Lucroy, C4100103 .319
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4021011 .285
   Jeff Bianchi, PR0000000 .164
Ryan Braun, RF5021012 .293
Khris Davis, LF5012023 .252
Lyle Overbay, 1B2000110 .240
   Zach Duke, P0000000 .000
   Brandon Kintzler, P0000000 .000
   a-Logan Schafer, PH1010000 .204
   Will Smith, P0000000 .000
   Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
   b-Rickie Weeks, PH1000001 .253
Jean Segura, SS4010004 .232
Yovani Gallardo, P2110011 .156
   Rob Wooten, P0000000 .000
   Mark Reynolds, 1B1000100 .209
Totals38612638  
a-singled for Kintzler in the 7th
b-grounded out for Rodriguez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Aramis Ramirez (11, Greenwood), Khris Davis (23, Kelly), Jean Segura (8, Kelly)
3B - Scooter Gennett (3, Kelly), Ryan Braun (6, Kelly)
SF - Aramis Ramirez (3)
RBI - Scooter Gennett 2 (31), Aramis Ramirez (42), Ryan Braun (50), Khris Davis 2 (46)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Braun (16), Khris Davis 2 (6)
SB - Carlos Gomez (16, 3rd base off Kelly/Cruz), Scooter Gennett (5, 2nd base off Kelly/Cruz)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Segura-Overbay
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Yovani Gallardo 5.1755133 3.68
Rob Wooten 0211100 4.50
Zach Duke (BS,3) 1.1100120 1.18
Brandon Kintzler 0.1000010 3.82
Will Smith 1000020 3.16
Francisco Rodriguez (L,3-3) 1111021 2.44
Pitches-Strikes - Yovani Gallardo 106-69, Rob Wooten 11-6, Zach Duke 30-15, Brandon Kintzler 8-5, Will Smith 11-7, Francisco Rodriguez 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yovani Gallardo 8-4, Zach Duke 2-0, Will Smith 1-0
Batters Faced - Yovani Gallardo 23, Rob Wooten 3, Zach Duke 6, Brandon Kintzler 1, Will Smith 3, Francisco Rodriguez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 35501
Game Time - 3:53
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Mark Carlson, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Laz Diaz