Kyle McClellan turned in eight strong innings -- and survived a hairy ninth inning from the bullpen -- against the Brewers to notch his fifth straight win.
McClellan allowed four hits and three walks. The only run he surrendered came in the form of a lead-off single in the ninth inning. Eduardo Sanchez came in got two outs, but couldn't get the third before he walked the bases loaded and then gave up a single deep into the shortstop hole to allow the only runs the Brewers scored in the game.
Fernando Salas came in and got the last out -- under the pressure of having the tying run at second base -- to give the Birds the win of the game and the Milwaukee series.
The Cardinals scored a couple of runs in the fifth inning when Nick Punto lead off with a single and Tyler Greene followed with a safety. McClellan popped a bunt to the Milwaukee hurler Chris Narveson and failed to advance the runners. But Ryan Theriot moved them to second and third with a groundout to bring Colby Rasmus up with two outs.
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Rasmus hasn't been great in the past against lefties. But this year he's benefitted from exposure to southpaws and he stroked a double into the right field corner to give the Birds a 2-0 lead.
In the sixth Lance Berkman reached and went to second on an error by Milwaukee third baseman Casey McGehee. He was sacrificed to third by catcher Yadi Molina and scored on a fly out by Punto to make it 3-0.
Berkman was 0-for-4 on the day, a suprising development since he came into the game with a .571 career batting average against Narveson.
Cardinals Star of the Game: McClellan who improved to 5-0 and lowered his ERA from 3.79 to 3.30 with his eight strong innings.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Rasmus' single. Colby us hitting .324 against lefty pitchers this season and is batting .357 against southpaw starters.
Lowlight: Ryan Theriot was hitless in the game and has two hits in his last 18 at bats (.111).