MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Craig Counsell thought his ninth-inning single
Friday night was his first game-ending hit in the major leagues.
"It was a thrill, no question about it," he said after his
bases-loaded single lifted the Milwaukee Brewers over St. Louis 2-1
and sent the Cardinals to their first road loss this season.
"I've scored a couple of those runs, but I've never driven that
one in," said Counsell, who was mobbed by teammates at home plate.
Counsell, who had been 0-for-3 with a sacrifice, hit a tying
ninth-inning sacrifice fly for Florida in Game 7 of the 1997 World
Series, then scored the winning run against Cleveland on Edgar
Renteria's 11th-inning single.
He also played a part of Arizona's Game 7 win over the New York
Yankees in the 2001 Series, when he was hit by a pitch, loading the
bases ahead of Luis Gonzalez's game-winning hit in the ninth off
Trent Durrington pinch ran for Bennett. Kline advanced the
runners with a wild pitch, and Scott Posednik walked. Counsell then
singled sharply up the middle on a 2-1 pitch.
The Cardinals' 6-0 road start was their best since winning 12
straight road games at the start of the 1941 season.
Brooks Kieschnick, who hit a tying two-run homer in the ninth
Thursday, pitched 2 2-3 hitless innings in relief of Matt Kinney,
completing a six-hitter.
"To be honest, Brooks Kieschnick is the hero of that game,"
Kinney said. "He came in and shut them down. He picked me up in a
big situation, shut them down and gave us a chance to win."
Kinney got his second no-decision against the Cardinals this
season. He had his longest outing since last Aug. 25, when he went
seven innings in a 10-6 victory at Cincinnati.
"He had a presence on the mound today," Counsell said. "That
was a different guy than we've seen."
The Brewers were counting on Kinney going deep following the
11-9 extra-inning loss to Arizona.
"It's a character game," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "This
is a game that really shows what you're made of."
Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter, who missed last season while
recovering from right shoulder surgery, didn't allow a runner to
get past second after Posednik scored on an RBI double by Junior
Spivey in the first.
"My arm felt great," Carpenter said. "The first couple of
innings I was up a little bit, but then I settled down."
Carpenter struck out five in six innings, giving up five hits.
"Pitching on both sides responded," Cardinals manager Tony La
Russa said. "Tough day for hitters."
St. Louis, which had a league-leading .299 average coming in,
tied the score in the third on Marlon Anderson's sacrifice fly.
The previous time Carpenter faced the Brewers was July 29,
1997, while with Toronto. His single in the third was the third of
his career and first in the NL. ... Brewers SS Bill Hall took four
stitches in his right leg after getting spiked during Thursday's
game. ... Tony Womack, who missed the Cardinals' previous two games
with a mild left triceps strain., pinch hit in the sixth. ... The
Brewers recalled RHP Chris Saenz from Double-A Huntsville and
placed LHP Chris Capuano on the 15-day DL with a strained left