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Game 20: Cardinals 13, Brewers 1

The Cardinals scored two runs in the second inning Friday to overcome an early Milwaukee lead -- and eight runs in the third inning to bury the Brewers under the Busch Stadium turf.

Matt Holliday and Jon Jay each collected three hits while David Freese, Yadier Molina and Skip Schumaker each contributed a pair as the Birds ganged up on the Brew Crew for a 13-1 win.

Jake Westbrook threw seven innings and allowed one run on seven hits. He walked none and struck out five while his Milwaukee counterpart, Yovani Gallardo, was pummeled with eight runs allowed on eight hits and two walks in two innings pitched.

The Brewers got on the scoreboard in the first inning when Milwaukee loudmouth Nyjer Morgan hit an excuse me single and then Cardinals second baseman Skip Schumaker seemed to misplay consecutive balls from Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez, messing up a double play on one and then breaking toward the bag on the other only to have the ball go through the hole he vacated to his left on the other.

But Schumaker was able to turn a ground ball off the bat of Corey Hart into a double play and kill the Milwaukee rally.

In the bottom of the second, Freese and Molina hit consecutive singles and with one out Schumaker lofted a ball toward the left centerfield gap that it seemed that both Morgan and Braun had time to run under and catch. The only problem is that they each seemed to assume the other guy was going to make the play and the ball landed just beyond Morgan's glove for a triple to make the score 2-1 in favor of St. Louis.

In the third, the first six St. Louis hitters to come to the plate reached base and the Birds stretched their lead to 4-2 on singles by Beltran and Freese and 6-2 on a double by Matt Carpenter that went over Morgan's head. Milwaukee went to the bullpen with two men on and no outs. But the relief crew couldn't stop the bleeding until it was 10-1 St. Louis.

The win improved the Cardinals' record to 13-7 while the Brewers -- and Cincinnati which lost to Houston -- dropped to 9-11 in a tie for second place.

Cardinals Star of the Game: Jon Jay provided a much-needed spark in his first start since he injured his shoulder in the Birds' first homestand of the season. But Holliday was 3-for-3 with a walk to edge out the St. Louis centerfielder.

Cardinals Play of the Game: Schumaker's triple.

Lowlight: While he made up for it with his bat, it's difficult to imagine Schumaker regaining his old job as the Cardinals second basemen when Daniel Descalso and Tyler Greene have so much more range than he does. But I don't know where else you get Schumaker's bat into the game when your three starting outfielders are such valuable parts of the outfield and Allen Craig is nearing a return.