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Cardinals at Brewers, April 9

Cardinals 5, Milwaukee 4

It sure didn't look good there for a while. But, down to their last strike and down by a run with a rookie at the plate and one of the best closers in the history of the game on the hill opposing them, the Cardinals pulled one out of the fire Friday night.

Nick Stavinoha somehow golfed a Trever Hoffman pitch that was low and about a foot inside over the left field wall in the top of the ninth to give the Birds a one-run lead and Ryan Franklin made it stand up in the bottom of th ninth to move the Cardinals into first place alone at 3-1.

The St. Louis bats were largely silent all night against Milwaukee hurler Dave Bush. The Cardinals ended up with seven hits and three of them were off the bat of left fielder Matt Holliday who hit a two-run homer to get his team back into the game when it was down 4-1 in the sixth inning.

Kyle Lohse started and allowed four earned runs on six hits and three walks in six innings. He was actually a little better than the numbers indicated. But, for some reason, the home plate umpire got a little bit stingy in the middle innings.

Cardinals Star of the Game: The sentimental choice is Stavinoha. But Holliday was 3-for-4 and factored in on four of his team's five runs.

Play of the Game: Ryan Ludwick made a fantastic diving catch on a line drive hit into the right field corner Greg Zaun.

Lowlight: Ludwick looks as lost at the plate as he looks great in the outfield. He was 0-for-4 to drop to .143 on the brief season.