Brewers 6, Cardinals 4(10)
Jeff Bianchi got a rare start and made the move pay off for the
Bianchi drove in two runs with a 10th-inning single up the
middle as the Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 on Saturday
Bianchi made his second start since coming off the disabled list
on May 2 after he was sidelined by bursitis in his left hip.
”It feels great,” he said. ”Biggest thing was we got a
The Brewers snapped a four-game losing streak and improved to
3-13 in May. It also gave John Axford (1-3) his first win since
Sept. 1, 2012.
Jim Henderson worked a perfect inning for his eighth save in
Getting the start over the struggling Rickie Weeks, Bianchi
singled just past diving shortstop Pete Kozma to give him his first
two RBIs of the season. He had only five at-bats before Saturday
and one hit in seven games.
The Brewers loaded the bases with one out in the 10th against
Joe Kelly (0-2). Logan Schafer grounded into a fielder’s choice to
a pulled-in Kozma, who threw home to force out Ryan Braun and set
up Bianchi’s game-winner.
”You get a guy at third base with no out, all of a sudden the
next two guys make outs and you’re like, `OK,”’ Milwaukee manager
Ron Roenicke said. ”And we get a big hit.”
Kelly allowed runs for the first time in five appearances. He
allowed two hits and a walk in one inning for the Cardinals, who
fell to 0-3 in extra-inning games.
”I just gave up some hits and then I got the ground balls I
needed to. I thought I was going to get out of it, and made another
good pitch,” Kelly said. ”It found a way to stick up the
Axford gave up one hit and two walks in 1 1-3 innings to earn
the win. Axford struck out two, including pinch-hitter Daniel
Descalso with the bases loaded to end a ninth-inning threat.
He also threw as hard as he had in some time, clocking one pitch
at 97 mph.
”I’ve been feeling good lately,” he said. ”I looked in the
mirror and got a little deeper inside myself the last few outings.
I think I dug in and realized I need to do a little bit more.”
Jean Segura, Ryan Braun, Aramis Ramirez all had three hits for
the Brewers. Segura and Braun both had two RBIs.
The Cardinals used four consecutive singles with two outs in the
sixth inning to tie it 4-4. Matt Carpenter’s hit chased Milwaukee
starter Marco Estrada and drove in Kozma who started the rally. Jon
Jay’s single brought in Ty Wigginton.
Braun gave Milwaukee a 4-2 lead in the fifth with his second
single of the game.
The Brewers broke through in the third with a two-out rally.
Segura’s fourth triple of the season drove in Bianchi and Norichika
Aoki to make it 2-2. Braun gave Milwaukee a 3-2 lead with his first
St. Louis scored twice in the second but left the bases loaded.
Kozma drove in Allen Craig, who walked to start the inning.
Carpenter’s single gave the Cardinals a 2-0 lead.
Estrada gave up four runs, seven hits and four walks over 5 2-3
innings. He struck out two.
Lance Lynn lasted just five innings. He gave up four earned runs
on eight hits and two walks as his ERA rose to 3.27 from 2.88.
He struck out three, his fewest since his first start of the
season when he was lifted after four innings at Arizona on April
”I would have liked to pitch better today to help us win the
game,” Lynn said. ”But everybody else picked up the slack.”
NOTES: Kozma has a five-game hitting streak (7-of-19, .368). .
Jay has 14 RBI in the past 14 games. . Aoki has multiple hits in
five of six games (13-of-26, .500). . Brewers LHP Chris Naverson
threw curveballs on Friday for the first time since going on the
disabled list April 7 because of a strained left middle finger.
Roenicke said it was the final test before he is cleared to throw
in a rehab game. … Milwaukee LHP Tom Gorzelanny is on pace to
return from the disabled list at the end of the month. He is set to
throw a bullpen session Sunday and a simulated game Tuesday. He has
been sidelined since May 8 because of tendinitis in his left
shoulder. … Former Cardinals OF So Taguchi provided color
commentary for Japanese broadcaster NHK from its Tokyo studio.