Brewers 6, Cardinals 3
Kyle Lohse finally beat the St. Louis Cardinals, and the win
didn’t come that easily.
Lohse beat the Cardinals in his fourth try this season and Sean
Halton knocked in a career-high three runs to help the Milwaukee
Brewers beat St. Louis 6-3 Tuesday night.
”They made me work for it,” he said after improving to 3-5 in
nine outings overall against his former team. ”I felt like I threw
a lot of really good pitches and they kept battling them off,
fouling them off, taking close ones.”
Lohse had his best major league season in 2012 when he went 16-3
with a 2.88 ERA in 33 starts with St. Louis. The Cardinals did not
try to re-sign him and he became a free agent.
Lohse said the win was just like any other even if it snapped a
five-game losing streak against the Cardinals.
”I don’t put any more emphasis on any one game over the
other,” he said. ”I went out there and tried to do what I’d been
Lohse left after six innings with the Brewers leading 6-3. He
earned his team-leading 17th quality start, including six in his
last seven. He struck out four, walked two and allowed six hits and
three runs, two coming on Yadier Molina’s two-run homer in the
fourth. Molina doubled and scored in the second on Matt Adams’
”Yadi hit a pretty pitch for a homer, but that’s what he
does,” Lohse said.
John Axford and Brandon Kintzler each pitched a scoreless
inning, and Jim Henderson pitched the ninth for his 19th save in 22
The Cardinals were ahead 3-0 when the Brewers fought back with a
five-run fourth that put Lohse back in line for the victory.
”The team did a great job battling back after I put us in a
hole,” he said. ”Other than that, doesn’t mean any more beating
Lance Lynn (13-7) got roughed up in the fourth, highlighted by
Halton’s two-run single with the bases loaded.
Milwaukee’s first six batters in the frame reached, loading the
bases twice with no outs. Scooter Gennett drove in the first run
with a single. After Aramis Ramirez singled and Khris Davis reached
on Lynn’s fielding error, Halton drove them in with a line drive to
center that doubled his season RBI total. Logan Schafer followed
with an RBI single and Norichika Aoki tacked on the last run with a
”We stacked together a bunch of hits (Monday), and they did the
exact same thing,” St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. ”It is
just a matter of stopping it when it gets going. We did the same
thing yesterday. We found holes and created a rally.”
Kolten Wong, who had his first two major league hits Monday
night, continued getting on base for St. Louis. He went 3 for 5
with two singles and a double. The team’s No. 1. pick in the 2011
draft joined the Cardinals from Triple-A Memphis Friday night in
”It was just one of those innings where things are dropping,
not going our way,” he said. ”Unfortunately, they scored a
majority of their runs in that inning.”
Halton set a career mark in the fifth with his third RBI of the
game. Davis singled, stole second and scored on Halton’s grounder
Carlos Beltran singled and scored on Molina’s 10th home run of
Adams beat the Brewers’ defensive shift in the second inning and
knocked in Molina with the Cardinals’ first run. Adams blooped a
single over the head of shortstop Jean Segura, positioned on the
right side of second base. Molina was on with a double over the
head of center fielder Schafer. The ball flicked off Schafer’s
glove and rolled to the wall.
The Brewers have almost no chance at the playoffs and are
resigned to playing the role of spoiler.
”I know we have a stretch here where we’re playing a lot of
teams that are contending for playoff spots,” Lohse said. ”I
don’t care who it is. Feels good to kind of hurt teams’
NOTES: Brewers 1B Juan Francisco got the game off. He’s struck
out four times in consecutive games. ”If I think he just needs one
day, I will get him back in there tomorrow,” manager Ron Roenicke
said. Halton replaced him. … Lynn is 2-2 in four starts facing
the Brewers. … Brewers CF Carlos Gomez remained out of the
starting lineup after spraining his right knee colliding into the
center-field wall on Thursday night. He’s missed five consecutive
games. … Segura stole his 37th base, matching Everth Cabrera of
the San Diego Padres for the NL lead.