05/18 22:33 CDT Bianchi's single in 10th lifts Brewers over Cards
Bianchi's single in 10th lifts Brewers over Cards
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Jeff Bianchi drove in two runs with a 10th-inning single up
the middle, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 on
Joe Kelly (0-2) allowed runs for the first time in five appearances and took
the loss. He allowed two hits and a walk in one inning for the Cardinals, who
fell to 0-3 in extra-inning games.
John Axford (1-3) gave up one hit and two walks in 1 1-3 innings to earn the
win. Axford struck out two, including pinch-hitter Daniel Descalso with the
bases loaded to end a ninth-inning threat.
Jim Henderson worked a perfect inning for his eighth save in eight chances.
Bianchi made his second start since coming off the disabled list on May 2 after
he sidelined by bursitis in his left hip. The winning hit gave him his first
two RBIs this season.
Jean Segura, Ryan Braun, Aramis Ramirez all had three hits for the Brewers.
Segura and Braun both had two RBIs.
The Cardinals used four consecutive singles with two outs in the sixth inning
to tie it 4-4. Matt Carpenter's hit chased Milwaukee starter Marco Estrada and
drove in Pete Kozma who started the rally. Jon Jay's single brought in Ty
Braun gave Milwaukee a 4-2 lead in the fifth with his second single of the game.
The Brewers broke through in the third with a two-out rally. Segura's fourth
triple of the season drove in Bianchi and Norichika Aoki to make it 2-2. Braun
gave Milwaukee a 3-2 lead with his first single.
St. Louis scored twice in the second but left the bases loaded. Kozma drove in
Allen Craig, who walked to start the inning. Carpenter's single gave the
Cardinals a 2-0 lead.
Estrada gave up four runs, seven hits and four walks over 5 2-3 innings. He
struck out two.
Lance Lynn lasted just five innings. He gave up four earned runs on eight hits
and two walks as his ERA rose to 3.27 from 2.88.
He struck out three, his fewest since his first start of the season when he was
lifted after four innings at Arizona on April 3.
NOTES: Brewers LHP Chris Naverson threw curveballs Friday for the first time
since going on the 15-day disabled list April 7 with a strained left middle
finger. Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said it was the final test before he was
cleared to throw in a rehab game. . Milwaukee LHP Tom Gorzelanny remains on
pace to return from the disabled list at the end of the month. He is set to
throw a bullpen session Sunday and a simulated game Tuesday. He has been
sidelined because of tendinitis in his left shoulder on May 8. . Former
Cardinals OF So Taguchi provided color commentary on the game for Japanese
broadcaster NHK from its Tokyo studio.