The Cardinals lost again Wednesday with the tying run at third base.
The Birds allowed four runs to the Brewers in the first inning -- thanks to a pair of errors. That's all Milwaukee got. But that's all it would need as Lance Berkman flied out to left field with the bases loaded and Francisco Rodriguez pitching on fumes.
Rodriguez allowed a hit and walked three -- including a free pass that knocked in the third St. Louis run of the day -- before wiggling off the hook.
Birds were all over the bases throughout the game. But the Cardinals stranded 11 runners -- and Yadier Molina hit into a key double play -- to douse scoring opportunities as soon as they presented themselves.
The only two St. Louis runs prior to the ninth inning mess created by Rodriguez were a pair of solo shots off the bats of Allen Craig and David Freese.
Adam Wainwright started for the Cardinals and allowed only four hits over seven innings. He struck out nine and allowed only one earned run. But he was again saddled with a tough luck loss to fall to 7-10 for the season. His counterpart, Brewers hurler Tyler Thornberg, couldn't make it through five innings to qualify for the win. Instead, it fell to deposed closer John Axford who came into the game in the fifth inning as opposed to his customary spot in the ninth.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Wainwright
Cardinals Play of the Game: Freese's homer
Lowlight: All the runners left on base.