The Cardinals got off to a clunker of a start. But they came back with a roaring finish Friday to score nine unanswered runs against Milwaukee.
Rookie Joe Kelly finally got some offensive support -- in what was arguably his shakiest start as a major leaguer -- to notch his second win of the season. He contributed as much with his glove as his bat, coming to the plate with two outs in the fourth and driving in the go-ahead run with a solid single.
Kelly threw 5 2/3 innings and surrendered three runs on 10 hits and two walks. His ERA rose to 3.14. But he deserved to get a lucky win after being on the hard luck side of the ledger four times.
Yadier Molina paced the offense going three-for-four with two runs scored and a pair of stolen bases. Allen Craig, Matt Holliday and Daniel Descalso collected two hits each.
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Milwaukee scored all three of its runs in the third inning and, up to that point, the Cardinals couldn't do much with Brewers starter Randy Wolf. But in the fourth, Allen Craig led off with a single and Carlos Beltran moved him to third with a one-out double. David Freese singled up the middle to knock both runners in. And, with two outs, Freese moved to second base on a wild pitch.
Daniel Descalso hit an opposite field double to drive home Freese to tie the game at three. Then Milwaukee pitched around Shane Robinson to bring the pitcher to the plate with two outs.
Kelly singled to left to put St. Louis ahead 4-3. And, with the help of four Milwaukee errors, the Birds pulled away to put the game out of reach.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Molina, in addition to his hitting and baserunning exploits, threw out two would be base stealers and blew up a sacrifice attempt by making a perfect throw to third base to nail the lead runner.
Cardinals Play of the Game: In the eighth, with a runner on base and two outs, Daniel Descalso laid out for to rob Nyjer Morgan of a hit and to prevent the Brewers from bringing to potential tying run to the plate.
Lowlight: Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman was placed on the disabled list today for the third time this season.