Found July 17, 2012 on Fox Sports Arizona:
CINCINNATI (AP) -- K-Rod earns save as Brewers beat Cardinals 3-2 By CHRIS JENKINS , AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Francisco Rodriguez picked up a save on his first night as Milwaukee's new closer, Rickie Weeks hit a mammoth home run and Randy Wolf won his first game since April 30 as the Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 on Tuesday. The Cardinals' Matt Holliday left the game after getting hit in the leg with a pitch in the first inning and Brewers slugger Ryan Braun was removed with a right adductor strain in the seventh. St. Louis' Lance Berkman was ejected for arguing a call. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke gave the closer's job to Rodriguez before the game with John Axford continuing to struggle. It wasn't easy for Rodriguez, who allowed the first two batters to reach before nailing down his second save this season. Wolf (3-6) went 6 2-3 innings, giving up two runs and eight hits with a walk and six strikeouts. Cardinals starter Joe Kelly (1-2...
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