MILWAUKEE Time will tell whether or not the three-run ninth inning Monday night will prove to be a turning point for the slumping St. Louis Cardinals. But desperate for a big hit after getting swept in Cincinnati, they'll gladly take it.
Down to their last out and looking at a frustrating fourth-straight loss ahead of them, the Cardinals instead rallied for three runs off Brewers closer John Axford to pull out a dramatic 3-2 victory at Miller Park.
Combined with Cincinnati and Pittsburgh both losing Monday, the Cardinals moved to within 3.5 games of the division leading Reds and 2.5 games of the second place Pirates.
"A lot of smiles in the clubhouse," said manager Mike Matheny. "I love how they fight. They made it very interesting there and what great at-bats you could think of from a number of guys there. They made some pretty impressive things happen.
"It was one we certainly needed."
The Cardinals went just 4-for-28 with runners in scoring position and left 30 runners on b...