ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Milwaukee Brewers manager Ned Yost made some
unusual moves Tuesday night to create a sense of urgency for his
He intentionally walked Albert Pujols in the third inning. He
played his infield in in the fourth. He even pulled his starting
pitcher after four innings.
It all worked as the Brewers rallied from an early four-run
deficit for a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Bill Hall, who had been batting .200 in July, hit a two-run
double in the eighth to give the Brewers the lead.
"We had a tough decision in the fifth," Yost said of lifting
starter Doug Davis for a pinch hitter. "I figured, 'Let's go for
it,' and see if we can't get back in the game. We had some big
performances to do it."
Lyle Overbay homered and Brady Clark had three hits and an RBI
for the Brewers, who beat the Cardinals for only the second time in
eight meetings and ended St. Louis' five-game winning streak. The
Cardinals, who led 4-0 entering the fifth, stranded 10 runners.
"We had a couple of chances to add runs and we missed,"
manager Tony La Russa said. "And it was very costly."
Pujols hit a two-run homer, his third in five games since the
All-Star break, for the Cardinals. Scott Rolen and Einar Diaz each
had an RBI, but the Cardinals lost for only the 10th time in 40
games against NL Central competition. They're 52-3 when leading
after seven innings.
Hall, who struck out as a pinch hitter in the seventh and stayed
in the game, had been 0-for-9 before his liner to the opposite
field just inside the right-field line off Julian Tavarez (1-2). It
was the third straight hit off Tavarez following an infield hit by
Geoff Jenkins off the pitcher's glove that extended his hitting
streak to 12 games and a single by Damian Miller that put runners
at the corners.
"I was sitting off-speed the whole at-bat," Hall said. "I
figured with them throwing me a lot of offspeed pitches yesterday,
why not do it with the game on the line and me needing a big hit?
He finally threw me a slider I could put in play."
Tavarez said he got thrown off his game after stabbing at
Jenkins' infield grounder, a ball he figured could have been easily
fielded by second baseman Mark Grudzielanek.
"It's tough not to react to it, so my reaction was to catch the
ball and I should have never let it," Tavarez said. "It cost me
Miller scored the go-ahead run on a close play at the plate with
Diaz, the catcher, missing a sweeping tag on an off-line relay from
right fielder Hector Luna.
Matt Wise (4-2) allowed one hit and struck out one in a
scoreless seventh, Julio Santana escaped a two-on, two-out
situation in the eighth by getting pinch-hitter Jim Edmonds to fly
out and Derrick Turnbow worked the ninth for his 20th save in 22
Pujols hit his 25th homer into the Brewers' bullpen in left with
one out in the first on a full count off Doug Davis. That
apparently impressed Yost to the point that Pujols was
intentionally walked with one out and a runner on third in the
Since the break, Pujols is 7-for-20 with three homers and six
RBI and has scored seven runs.
Rolen's sacrifice fly in the third and Diaz' RBI single in the
fourth made it 4-0.
Consecutive doubles by Miller and Russell Branyan to start the
fifth plus an RBI single by Clark later in the inning cut the gap
in half. Overbay hit his 12th homer off Jeff Suppan leading off the
The left-handed Davis lasted four innings, giving up four runs
and six hits against a lineup loaded with seven right-handed
hitters with Edmonds (hamstring, groin) and Larry Walker both
resting. In two starts against the Cardinals this season he's
pitched 8 1/3 innings and surrendered eight runs.
The Cardinals' 1982 World Series champions were honored
before the game on Whitey Herzog bobblehead day. ... A sellout
crowd of 44,270 enabled the Cardinals to top 2 million in
attendance Tuesday and the franchise is on pace for record numbers
in the final season at Busch Stadium. ... Jenkins is batting .413
(19-for-46) during his hitting streak. ... After the game, the
Brewers optioned RHP Wes Obermueller to Triple-A Nashville and
recalled RHP Justin Lehr from there.