Cards win offensive tug of war against Brewers 9-7

Cards win offensive tug of war against Brewers 9-7

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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 | @elizabetheisele

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Posted on August 2, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 2 at 9:58 PM

(BaseballStL) -- Trevor Rosenthal made it interesting in the ninth as he allowed a lead off double.

Then he hit Elian Herrera, but upon a challenge from the Cardinals the umpires ruled the ball hit the knob of the bat and they brought him back from first with a 1-1 count.

Rosenthal then got him to ground out to second, but Segura did advance to third with one out. Then Rosenthal got a huge strike out of Carlos Gomez for the second out of the inning.

He then struck out Gerardo Parra to end the game and the offensive blow-out for both teams with the Cardinals winning 9-7.

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Both teams were held scoreless in the sixth inning, but not long into the seventh did the Brewers score.

Kevin Siegrist came in to relieve Justin Masterson and gave up back-to-back hits, one a lead off single and a double to Carlos Gomez that plated Elian Herrera to cut into the Cardinals lead.

Gomez stole his second base of the game, 22nd on the season, to put himself at third with no one out. He then scored, with one out, on a ground-out to short from Ryan Braun before Aramis Ramirez ended the inning on a fly out to center.

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More runs for the Cardinals in the fifth inning as both clubs continue to flex their muscles, eventually bumping Kyle Lohse from the game with just 4+ inning pitched.

It all started with Lyle Overbay missed an easy foul ball pop up from Matt Holliday. The Cardinals left fielder then poked the ball into center field for a base hit, followed by a walk to Matt Adams.

Jhonny Peralta singled to load the bases with no one out and Oscar Taveras knocked Lohse out of the game with a double into right center that scored Holliday and Adams and pushed the Cards lead to 9-5.

But the Cardinals couldn't do any more damage with two ground balls to third base that both Peralta and Taveras tried to score on, but failed.

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The Cardinals manufactured a run in their half of the fourth inning off of two sacrifices, but the Brewers weren't far behind with their own in the fifth.

Tony Cruz opened the inning with a double to left field. Justin Masterson then bunted Cruz to third and Matt Carpenter followed it up with a sacrifice fly to left field. Gerardo Parra's throw home brought Jonothan Lucroy too far up the line and allowed Cruz to score.

Carlos Gomez led off the fifth inning with an infield single and promptly stole second base. Gerardo Parra sacrificed Gomez over to third and a ground ball to Matt Carpenter scored the Brewers lead-off man to cut the Cardinals lead back down to two runs.

Then an interesting call on a ball hit by Aramis Ramirez. The ball fell just inside the right field line and just out of the reach of Oscar Taveras who dove for the ball. As the ball rolled to the edge of the stands a fan interferred with the ball, but the umpire awarded Ramirez third base instead of second.

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Justin Masterson ran into trouble in the fourth as the Brewers scored three runs.

The inning started off rocky as Masterson allowed back-to-back singles to Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez. A ground ball from Jonothan Lucroy back to Masterson only produced one out, putting runners on first and third. 

A walk to Lyle Overbay loaded the bases for Scooter Gennett who hit a double into the left field gap and plated two runs. Then a ground out to Matt Carpenter allowed Overbay to score from third to cut the Cardinals lead down to just two runs.

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It was Jhonny Peralta's turn to go deep off of Brewers' starter Kyle Lohse.

Peralta's homer went to left field, 429 feet to give the Redbirds their first lead in the series against the Brewers.

But the Cardinals weren't done scoring in the inning as Kolten Wong rang up two more RBI to bring his game total to three in just the second inning.

Tony Cruz earned a two out walk which was followed by Justin Masterson's first hit as an NL and the fourth of his career. Then Matt Carpenter drew another walk. 

In walked Wong who took a pitch to right center that scored Cruz and Masterson. A base hit from Matt Holliday scored Carpenter. As Wong tried to advance to third on the play, Gerardo Parra threw the ball away from left field that allowed Wong to score and gave the Cardinals a 6-1 lead.

A fly out from Matt Adams ended the inning, but not before the Cardinals ended up batting around.

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Kolten Wong broke out an 0 for 8 streak of at-bats with a long ball into center field to tie the game at one.

Wong drove the first pitch he saw 408 feet to center for his seventh homer of the season.

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Milwaukee Brewers' third baseman Aramis Ramirez likes to hit against the Cardinals, as he proved Saturday by singling in the game's first run in the first inning.

After hitting his 37th home run against the Cardinals Friday night, Ramirez's RBI single in the first was his 138th RBI against the Redbirds.

The RBI was possible because of a walk to Gerardo Parra from Justin Masterson.

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