The Cardinals offense wandered through eight innings Monday, arriving to save the day only after starting pitcher Lance Lynn took to the showers.
Carlos Beltran and Lance Berkman didn't start the game. Instead they came off the bench as an imposing pair of pinch hitters with the game on the line in the ninth. But of them both flied out to the warning track representing the tying run with a runner on first base.
But the rest of the offense rallied, plating the Cardinals only three runs of the game in the ninth to secure a 3-2 win.
With two outs, Rafeal Furcal singled to third base -- on a ball that Aramis Ramirez probably should have handled -- and Skip Schumaker walked to load the bases. Then Holliday dribbled a two-strike single through the right side to plate two runs to tie the game and Allen Craig hit a flare to left to put the Cardinals ahead.
Lynn threw seven innings and allowed one run -- a solo homer by Corey Hart -- while striking out 10 Brewers. St. Louis hitters managed only five safeties in the first eight innings of the game and were hitless with runners on base until the ninth inning.
Milwaukee closer John Axford got behind on all but one hitter he faced in the ninth inning. He was heartily booed off the field when he was relieved.
St. Louis closer Jason Motte came into the game with two outs in the eighth inning -- after not pitching in a game since July 7 -- and struggled. He allowed Milwaukee a valuable insurance run before he got out of the inning. Then Motte had to come back and pitch the ninth.
The comeback was especially sweet for St. Louis because both the Reds and Pirates lost earlier in the day.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Lynn
Cardinals Play of the Game: Holliday's game-tying single with two outs in the ninth.
Lowlight: The offense's eight innings of sleepwalking.
For more View From the Cheap Seats, bookmark www.bnd.com/cheapseats.com on your computer, smart phone or tablet.