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Wong helps Masterson win Cards debut

By STEVE OVERBEY
Associated Press
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ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis manager Mike Matheny decided at the last minute against giving slumping infielder Kolten Wong the day off on Saturday.

It proved to be a smart move.

Wong homered and had three RBIs and Justin Masterson won his St. Louis debut as the Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-7 on Saturday night.

St. Louis, which had lost three of its previous four, moved two games behind first-place Milwaukee in the NL Central. The Brewers had a two-game winning streak snapped.

Wong, who entered the contest mired in a 6 for 36 skid, went 3 for 5. He slammed a bases-loaded single to trigger a five-run outburst in the second inning that put St. Louis ahead to stay 6-1. He also hit a solo homer in the first.

''That worked out fine for all of us,'' Matheny said of the late pre-game move. ''It was nice to see him bounce back. With a young player, when he has a couple of rough days, you wonder, `can he leave it behind and go back to having a nice approach.' He jumped right in and had some big at-bats.''

Wong was 2 for 3 in his career against Brewers starter Kyle Lohse, a key factor in Matheny leaving him in the lineup.

Wong, who entered the game hitless in his previous eight at-bats, spent some extra time studying his approaches at the plate following Friday's 7-4 loss to Milwaukee.

''I knew the reason I was striking out as soon as the game finished yesterday,'' Wong said. ''I was swinging way too hard trying to do way too much.''

Masterson (1-0) gave up five runs on seven hits over six innings. He was acquired from Cleveland on Wednesday for minor league outfielder James Ramsey.

''There was a little rust out there,'' Masterson said. ''But with that intense offense that we had, and some solid defense, that makes it fun to be out there.''

Aramis Ramirez and Scooter Gennett drove in two runs each for the Brewers. Ramirez had three hits for the second successive game.

Lohse (11-6) took the loss. Lohse, who pitched for the Cardinals from 2008-12, gave up nine runs on nine hits over four innings. He struck out two and walked three. Lohse gave up eight earned runs in a 15-5 loss at Pittsburgh on June 6.

''It was just a rough one,'' Lohse said. ''I just left too many balls out over the plate.''

St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal recorded his 33rd save in 37 opportunities. He allowed a leadoff double to Jean Segura. Rosenthal then appeared to hit Elian Herrera with a pitch, but the call was overturned by a challenge. Rosenthal then got Herrera to ground out. He struck out Carlos Gomez and Gerardo Parra to end the game.

ANCHORS AWEIGH

Former US Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell threw out the first pitch. Luttrell was awarded the Navy Cross and Purple Heart for his actions in June 2005 as part of Operation Red Wings. He wrote the best-selling novel, The Lone Survivor, which has been turned into a movie starring Mark Wahlberg.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: OF Jon Jay missed his fourth successive game with a sore wrist suffered on a check swing July 29 at San Diego. He says the wrist is improving and he could return to the starting lineup as early as Tuesday against Boston.

Brewers: RHP Jimmy Nelson, who was scratched from Saturday's start due to a blister on his finger, will start on Tuesday against San Francisco.

ON DECK

John Lackey (11-7, 3.60) will make his St. Louis debut on Sunday in the final game of the three-game series. He will be opposed by Matt Garza (7-7, 3.74). The Cardinals obtained Lackey on Thursday from Boston in exchange for OF Allen Craig and RHP Joe Kelly.

LONG LASTING

The Brewers have been in first place in the NL Central every day since April 5, a streak covering 121 successive days. They lost two of their first three games to open the season and spent two days in third place and one each in second and fourth before taking over the top spot.

 
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Players of the Game
St. Louis

K. Wong
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Milwaukee

C. Gomez
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Carlos Gomez, CF5221021.294.358.487
Gerardo Parra, LF3100122.256.304.359
Ryan Braun, RF4112011.289.340.507
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4031000.286.330.457
Jonathan Lucroy, C4100013.305.373.490
Lyle Overbay, 1B2100200.226.315.328
Scooter Gennett, 2B3022001.306.342.480
   Marco Estrada, P0000000.100.182.100
   a-Rickie Weeks, PH1000010.253.332.382
   Tom Gorzelanny, P0000000.000.000.000
Jean Segura, SS4011001.234.267.324
Kyle Lohse, P2000021.146.180.146
   Brandon Kintzler, P0000000.000.000.000
   Elian Herrera, 2B2110001.284.296.337
Totals34710739    
a-struck out for M. Estrada in the 8th
Batting
2B - Carlos Gomez (26, Siegrist), Scooter Gennett (23, Masterson), Jean Segura (11, Rosenthal)
3B - Aramis Ramirez (1, Masterson)
SH - Gerardo Parra (5)
RBI - Carlos Gomez (54), Ryan Braun 2 (65), Aramis Ramirez (51), Scooter Gennett 2 (37), Jean Segura (26)
2-OUT RBI - Aramis Ramirez (24)
SB - Carlos Gomez 2 (22, 2nd base off Masterson/Cruz), Gerardo Parra (6, 2nd base off Masterson/Cruz)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Lyle Overbay (5, Dropped fly), Gerardo Parra (5, Throwing)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kyle Lohse (L,11-6) 4997322 3.40
Brandon Kintzler 1000010 3.35
Marco Estrada 2200120 4.83
Tom Gorzelanny 1100020 0.00
HBP - M. Carpenter (by Tom Gorzelanny)
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Lohse 76-48, Brandon Kintzler 8-8, Marco Estrada 42-28, Tom Gorzelanny 18-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Lohse 3-7, Brandon Kintzler 2-0, Marco Estrada 1-3
Batters Faced - Kyle Lohse 24, Brandon Kintzler 3, Marco Estrada 9, Tom Gorzelanny 5
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Matt Carpenter, 3B2101100.286.383.398
Kolten Wong, 2B5233001.247.294.396
Matt Holliday, LF5121032.269.372.420
Matt Adams, 1B4110102.311.329.503
Jhonny Peralta, SS5121012.252.330.442
Oscar Taveras, RF3012100.217.257.321
Peter Bourjos, CF4000013.222.286.345
Tony Cruz, C3220100.239.316.295
Justin Masterson, P2110012.200.200.200
   Kevin Siegrist, P0000000.000.000.000
   a-Daniel Descalso, PH1000012.179.235.232
   Pat Neshek, P0000000.000.000.000
   Trevor Rosenthal, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals34912847    
a-struck out for Siegrist in the 7th
Batting
2B - Kolten Wong (10, M. Estrada), Oscar Taveras (5, Lohse), Tony Cruz (5, Lohse)
HR - Kolten Wong (7, Lohse), Jhonny Peralta (15, Lohse)
SF - Matt Carpenter (6)
SH - Justin Masterson (2)
RBI - Matt Carpenter (42), Kolten Wong 3 (28), Matt Holliday (57), Jhonny Peralta (45), Oscar Taveras 2 (10)
2-OUT RBI - Kolten Wong 2 (22), Matt Holliday (17)
SB - Kolten Wong (16, 3rd base off M. Estrada/Lucroy)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Wong-Peralta-Adams, Wong-Peralta-Adams-Wong-Peralta-Adams
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Justin Masterson (W,5-6) 6755340 5.63
Kevin Siegrist 1222010 4.44
Pat Neshek (H,16) 1000020 0.81
Trevor Rosenthal (S,33) 1100020 3.20
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Masterson 90-61, Kevin Siegrist 15-10, Pat Neshek 9-7, Trevor Rosenthal 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Masterson 12-0, Kevin Siegrist 1-1, Trevor Rosenthal 1-0
Batters Faced - Justin Masterson 26, Kevin Siegrist 5, Pat Neshek 3, Trevor Rosenthal 4
Game Information
Attendance - 45719
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 92
Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Will Little, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Greg Gibson