Brewers outlast Cardinals again

News-DemocratApril 30, 2014 

— Another 3-0 lead, another extra-innings loss for the suddenly reeling St. Louis Cardinals.

Lyle Overbay, after failing to sacrifice, drove in Khris Davis with a single to center to give Milwaukee a 5-4 victory in 11 innings on Tuesday night at Busch Stadium.

The Brewers (20-7), who won 5-3 in 12 innings Monday, overcame 3-0 deficits in both victories. They lead the Cardinals (14-14), who have dropped seven of 10, by 6 1/2 games in the NL Central.

Pitcher Lance Lynn was disgusted after failing to protect a 3-0 advantage provided in the first inning when Yadier Molina hit a three-run homer against former teammate Kyle Lohse.

Lohse got his revenge in the fourth with a bases-loaded, two-run single to left against Lynn that tied the game at 3. Lynn fell behind in the count 2-0, rallied but couldn't put Lohse away.

"You get three runs in the first, you need to win that game," said Lynn, who expended 102 pitches to get through five innings. "You go 2-0 to the pitcher, that's not a very good job. If you can't put the pitcher away with two outs and the bases loaded and a two-run lead, you deserve not to win the game."

Kevin Siegrist (0-1) allowed a double into the left-field corner to Davis to start the 11th. Overbay, with three career sacrifices in 5,551 plate appearances, twice was unable to bunt Davis to third.

It worked out in Milwaukee's favor when Overbay grounded a ball up the middle that deflected off the glove of diving second baseman Mark Ellis, easily allowing Davis to score the go-ahead run.

Francisco Rodriguez pitched the 11th for his major league-leading 13th save, adding to his franchise record for most saves in March and April. Tyler Thornburg (3-0), the Brewers' fourth pitcher, picked up the win with two scoreless innings.

The Cardinals fell to 0-3 in extra innings.

"They've got a lot of confidence on their side right now," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of the Brewers, the first team to reach 20 wins this season. "They're having a lot of things go their way, and that tends to help as well. They're a scrappy club. They're fighting; you see the good at-bats. You see them doing the little things right. They don't get a bunt down, but they get a big base hit."

Allen Craig's triple into the right-field corner scored Matt Carpenter in the seventh as the Cardinals tied the game at 4. Peter Bourjos walked as a pinch-hitter against reliever Will Smith to lead off the inning. Bourjos was forced at second by Carpenter, who easily scored on Craig's hit.

Brewers right fielder Elian Herrera spiked the throw to the infield, which could have allowed Craig to score. But Craig held up at third, and after intentionally walking Matt Holliday, Smith struck out Matt Adams and Yadier Molina.

"Bad at-bat. Simple as that," Adams said. "I chased a bad-pitch slider for a strike and two more out of the zone."

Carlos Gomez lined a bases-empty home run in the seventh to put Milwaukee ahead 4-3. Gomez connected on an 0-1 changeup from reliever Tyler Lyons, sending it into the seats in left.

Scooter Gennett opened the Brewers' three-run fourth with a single and went to second on Lynn's wild pitch. Davis bounced out as Gennett took third, and Overbay lined a single to right to make it 3-1.

Lynn issued walks to Mark Reynolds and Martin Maldonado to load the bases before Lohse dumped his two-run hit to left field.

"Not a very good inning. I've got to be better than that," Lynn said. "Until that inning, I was right where I needed to be. I let them right back in the game right there, and that's something you can't do."

Lynn allowed three runs (earned) on five hits, walked two and struck out four.

"That (fourth) was kind of a blowup inning," Matheny said. "It's hard to put your finger on it. Everybody is capable of having them; we've seen Lance have them before. It was a tough inning."

Molina's homer against Lohse was his fourth of the season to go with 15 RBIs. The homer followed a one-out walk by Craig and a two-out double by Adams. Molina is 11-for-19 (.579) with three homers and eight RBIs in his career against Lohse.

After allowing Molina's home run, Lohse settled in and threw five scoreless innings. He left after six, permitting three runs (earned) on six hits, with one walk and nine strikeouts on 103 pitches.

Randal Grichuk received his first career start in center field and collected his first major-league hit in the second, a crisp single to left against Lohse. Grichuk received the ball as a memento.

Grichuk, recalled Sunday night from Class AAA Memphis, finished 1-for-5 with three strikeouts and a double-play ball from the seventh spot in the order.

Contact reporter David Wilhelm at dwilhelm@bnd.com or 239-2665. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidMWilhelm.

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