Redbirds crush Brewers 10-2, now tied for first in NL Central

Redbirds crush Brewers 10-2, now tied for first in NL Central

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MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 11: Kolten Wong #16 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a solo home run in the top sixth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on July 11, 2014 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

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by Elizabeth Eisele/ BaseballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on July 12, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Updated Saturday, Jul 12 at 10:10 PM

(BaseballStL) -- The Brewers got one more back off Adam Wainwright in the seventh.

Ryan Braun doubled to lead off the inning before Khris Davis singled to right to give the Brewers their second run of the game. 

But that is all they would get as Sam Freeman shut the Brew Crew down as the Cardinals crushed the Brewers. With the win the Cardinals now have a share of first place in the NL Central.

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The Cardinals continue to put multiple base runners on in each inning, including the seventh. The only inning the Cardinals have not scored a run was the fourth.

Jon Jay singled with one out which was followed by a walk to Adam Wainright to bring up Matt Carpenter.

Carpenter threw his bat at the ball, stroking it just over Scooter Gennett's head to score Jay and give the Cards an even 10 runs.

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Defensive blunders plagued the Brewers in the sixth inning as the Cardinals took advantage of their misfortune.

Shortstop Jeff Bianchi muffed a ball from Matt Holliday that allowed him to reach first. Then Ryan Braun missed a sure fly ball out from Matt Adams, but it fell to the ground allowing Holliday to reach third.

Holliday then scored on a sacrifice fly from Jhonny Peralta, his second RBI of the game giving the Cardinals a 9-1 lead.

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Brewers' starter Jimmy Nelson was lifted in the fifth inning as the Cardinals rallied for another two runs, one coming off the bat of Adam Wainwright.

Matt Adams led off the inning with a free pass. Then with one out, Oscar Taveras singled into center to give the Redbirds two runners on base. After Tony Cruz struck out, Jon Jay delivered with a drive to center that scored Adams all the way from second.

Then Adam Wainwright knocked a single into center to score Taveras, which served as Wainwright's 100th career hit, giving the Cardinals an 8-0 lead.

Wainwright continues to dazzle on the mound, giving up just one hit to the Brewers, to left fielder Ryan Braun in the second inning. He then gave up another run in the fifth inning to Jeff Bianchi, a double with two outs. 

Lyle Overbay finally broke up the shutout with a drive down the right field line to score Bianchi. But Wainwright got lead off man Carlos Gomez to strike out, much to his frustration as he attempted to break his bat, but failed as the inning was over. 

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Tony Cruz does it again, scoring his third run of the game with another double in the third inning.

For the third straight inning, the Cardinals threw runs on the board. Jhonny Peralta doubled with one out and came around from second to score on Cruz's double to push the Redbirds' lead to 6-0.

Jon Jay followed the double with the third hit of the inning, a single to left field to bring up pitcher Adam Wainwright, but Wainwright struck out to end the inning.

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Kolten Wong continues to tear through NL pitchers by hitting his sixth homer of the season to extend the Cardinals lead by another two runs.

With two outs, Matt Carpenter made it safely on base again with a walk bring up the Hawaiian Rainbow Warrior who snuck the ball over the right field wall to give the Redbirds a 5-0 lead after two innings.

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The Cardinals turned the tables on the Brewers Saturday by plated three of their own in the first inning.

Matt Carpenter lead off the inning with a hit, setting the table from Jhonny Peralta who blooped the ball into center field to send the third baseman home. Matt Holliday, who reached after being hit by the pitch, moved to third on a fielding error from Scooter Gennett that allowed Oscar Taveras to reach first safely.

Then Yadier Molina's replacement, Tony Cruz, smacked a ball into the outfield to plate two, Holliday and Peralta, but Taveras was thrown out at third to end the inning.

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