Brewers starter Randy Wolf is one of those lefty starters who usually gives the Cardinals fits.
But this time the Birds batsmen pushed Wolf around for six runs. Meanwhile the Cardinals lefty, Jaime Garcia, threw a no-hitter into the eighth inning and hung on for a complete game, two-hit shut out to beat Milwaukee 6-0.
Wolf hit Ryan Theriot with a pitch in the shin to start the bottom of the first and Theriot went to second on a Colby Rasmus single. Albert Pujols came to the plate and, after the home plate umpire called a pair of low and away pitches strikes Pujols took a defensive swing and grounded a double play ball right to second base. The Cardinals first baseman gave the ump an unusually terse talking to and nearly got thrown out of th game before cooler heads prevailed.
Matt Holliday then ripped a two-out double to pick up Pujols and give the Redbirds the only run they needed.
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The Birds scored again in the third when Theriot singled and was tripled home by Rasmus. Pujols then hit a shallow fly ball to center and Theriot scored as the throw was up the first base line to make it 3-0.
In the fourth Yadier Molina hit a long solo homer to make it 4-0 then Tyler Greene and Daniel Descalso reached when they were hit by pitches and Rasmus walked. Pujols singled home a pair of runs to make it 6-0 and both offenses were quiet the rest of the way.
Matt Holliday was 1-for-4 in the game to extend his hitting streak to 12 games while his batting average fell to .410. Lance Berkman got a day off against a lefty starter.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Garcia, who improved to 4-0 and lowered his ERA to 1.99. The second year St. Louis lefty seems to be graduating from talented kid to a force to be reckoned with in the National League.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Holliday's first inning, two-out double.
Lowlight: Theriot had to leave the game thanks to the bruise Wolf left on his shin. Hopefully the injury won't keep him out for long. He was able to continue for several innings after the incidident but it apparently got increasingly sore as the game went on.