Brewers 5, Cardinals 4(13)

Associated Press  |  Last updated September 08, 2012
Ryan Braun homered off Lance Lynn with one out in the 13th inning, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 on Friday night. Braun's shot gave him his fifth straight 100-RBI season and further frustrated the few hundred fans still around nearly seven hours after the scheduled start. The start was delayed by rain for 2 hours, 20 minutes, long enough to cause one lineup scratch. Cardinals No. 3 hitter Matt Holliday was set to return after a game out with lower back pain followed by a day off but was scratched as a precaution. Braun set a franchise record for 100-RBI seasons, breaking a tie with Cecil Cooper and Prince Fielder, with his 199th career homer of Lynn (13-7) into the mostly empty left-field stands on a 1-1 pitch. Lynn was a first-time All-Star with 12 wins at the break but was bumped to the bullpen in late August. Brandon Kintzler (1-0) got cleanup hitter Allen Craig to ground into an inning-ending double play in the 12th, and John Axford finished for his 26th save in 34 chances. The Brewers have won 10 of 13 to climb into the fringe of the NL wild card race. Both starting pitchers, St. Louis' Kyle Lohse and Milwaukee's Yovani Gallardo, failed much earlier in their second attempts to reach 15 wins. The Cardinals got a pair of one-out walks in the 12th against Kintzler and left the bases loaded in the 11th against Kameron Loe, but couldn't score and fell to 3-10 in extra innings. Yadier Molina's two-run homer off Jim Henderson tied it at 4 with two outs in the eighth. It was his 18th shot of the season and first since Aug. 24. The drive answered the Brewers' two-run eighth. Corey Hart scored the go-ahead run from second on an infield hit combined with shortstop Daniel Descalco's throwing error. Jon Jay had three singles and a steal for the Cardinals, who have the lead for the second NL wild card spot, but are 2-2 on a six-game homestand. Jay is batting a major league-best .390 (46 for 118) since Aug. 6 and Molina is batting .385 (20 for 52) against Milwaukee with three homers and eight RBIs. The Brewers' Martin Maldonado ran into a big out to end the top of the 11th, trotting to first while admiring a drive to left center off Fernando Salas that didn't make it out. He was thrown out at second by left fielder Adron Chambers. Gallardo finished strong with four of his six strikeouts in his final two innings in a rare acceptable outing against the Cardinals. The Milwaukee ace is 1-9 with a 6.72 ERA for his career against St. Louis. Lohse, who allowed two runs and five hits in 6 1-3 innings, kept alive an eight-game winning streak over his last 14 starts. Pinch-hitter Travis Ishikawa, who had been 1 for 12 against St. Louis, tied it at 2 in the seventh with an RBI double off Edward Mujica. Carlos Beltran was 0 for 3 with runners in scoring position his first three trips and has just one RBI in 14 games. Beltran, in an 0-for-13 slump overall, missed two games this week because of soreness in his left knee. NOTES: The time of game was 4:30. ... Cardinals closer Jason Motte worked the ninth and 10 innings. He allowed a hit and struck out two in his fifth two-inning outing of the season, all at home. ... Mujica has allowed just four of 22 inherited runners to score, and has worked 16 scoreless innings in 17 appearances since being acquired from Miami. ... Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Carlos Gomez, who made his 78th start in center field, could be the opening day starter at that position next year. ''I think we think he can do it,'' Roenicke said. ''I'm not saying that he will be, but I could see him doing it.'' ... Lohse is 14-2, the second-best start in franchise history trailing only Ted Wilks, who was 14-1 in 1944 and finished at 15-2. ... Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez missed his second start with a back injury but could be back Saturday.
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