(BaseballStL) — Mark Ellis was only with the team for four innings in 2014 before he had two RBIs.
After Yadier Molina was hit by an inside fastball in the second, Jhonny Peralta doubled down the line, setting up Ellis' first MLB at bat in 2014.
The veteran second baseman, who had been activated from the DL earlier in the day, grounded out to shortstop to score Molina.
Ellis would add another run in the fourth on a sacrifice fly to the left fielder, but not before Allen Craig continued to shake off the dust in third inning.
After Matt Carpenter walked, Craig doubled in the left center gap to score him for his seventh hit and third RBI of the year.
He would get picked off one pitch later when Marco Estrada caught him napping at second base, and the Brewers escaped trailing 2-0.
The fourth inning saw more baserunning troubles for St. Louis. Matt Adams reached on a laser that struck the first base umpire and advanced on a wild pitch, then Molina moved him to third with a single. When Peralta grounded to third, Adams was caught off the bag by Aramis Ramirez. A rundown ensued, ending with Molina on third, Peralta on second and Adams in the dugout as the first out.
Ellis continued his productive debut, driving a ball to left which allowed Molina to tage and score and gave the Cardinals a 3-0 lead.
That would be the last runner to plate in the fourth, however, after Peter Bourjos put a ball up the middle that shortstop Jean Segura made a diving stop on. Rather than throwing to first, Segura wheeled and threw to third, catching Peralta five feet off the bag and ending the Cardinal threat.
Ramirez would draw the Brewers within two in the bottom half, hammering a mistake fastball into left field for a home run.
The scoring would go quiet until the ninth, when Matt Holliday gave the Cardinals what appeared to be an insurance run in the ninth, blasting a low ball more than 410 feet to straight center on a line.
It would turn into a drop in the bucket when Peralta followed suit with a towering two-run homer, his fourth of the season. With a four-run lead, Matheny would hand the ball to Seth Maness in the ninth.
The young reliever would reward his manager by striking out Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy and geting Carlos Gomez to fly out to center field.
St. Louis will go for the sweep Wednesday at 12:10.