Mike Fiers and four relievers combined on an eight-hitter and Carlos Gomez had a first-inning RBI single in the Milwaukee Brewers’ 1-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night.
Fiers (2-5) allowed four hits in six innings, one shy of his season high, and won for the first time in six starts since May 2 at Chicago.
Johnathan Broxton, Neal Cotts, James Jeffress and Francisco Rodriguez combined to allow four hits without walking a batter in Milwaukee’s fourth shutout of the season. Rodriguez finished for his ninth save.
The win comes a day after the Brewers beat Arizona in 17 innings.
Jaime Garcia (1-2) worked seven sterling innings and Kolten Wong and Mark Reynolds had two singles apiece for the Cardinals, shut out for the fifth time but first time at home where they’re among the best in the league at 20-7.
Wong made an outstanding play at second base, leaping to snare a high chopper by Jason Rogers that skipped off the front of the mound and making the throw to end the ninth.
Jean Segura singled to open the game and scored on a two-out single by Gomez. The Brewers had two more runners in scoring position the rest of the way.
The Cardinals had two on twice against Fiers. He struck out Jhonny Peralta and got Yadier Molina on a foul-out to end the first and Jason Heyward fouled out to end the sixth.
Garcia retired the side in order the next five innings, once with the help of a double play that bailed out his throwing error. He worked seven innings for the second time in his three starts and allowed just three hits with no walks.
Brewers: Catcher Johnathan Lucroy was activated from the DL after missing 38 games with a broken big left toe. He was robbed of a hit by center fielder Jon Jay’s running catch in the first then grounded out his last three trips.
Cardinals: Matt Holliday was back in the lineup after missing 1 1-2 games due to flu-like symptoms and extended his franchise record reaching base safely in 45 straight games to start the season with a first-inning walk.
Lance Lynn is getting just 2.82 runs of support per start from the Cardinals, third-lowest in the league. Tyler Cravy, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Colorado Springs, will likely make his major league debut for the Brewers, whose pitching staff is worn thin after a 17-inning victory over Arizona on Sunday.
Matt Carpenter was 0 for 4 with two strikeouts and is 2 for 18 against Fiers.
For the second time in three days, the Los Angeles Dodgers offense was virtually nonexistent.
The response in the clubhouse to the team’s 3-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday was similar to what it was after a shutout loss in the series opener at Busch Stadium on Friday.
Only this time, it was Justin Turner complaining about the umpiring instead of A.J. Ellis.
Turner, who struck out with two men on base to end of the game, thought Trevor Rosenthal’s final two pitches to him were outside. Turner shouted his displeasure at plate umpire Marty Foster, resulting in his postgame ejection.
“When you take a good pitching staff and they don’t have to throw strikes, it makes them a lot better,” Turner said.
Turner’s feelings were shared by others, including one Dodgers player who said he believes the Cardinals and San Francisco Giants often receive favorable calls in their home stadiums.