Not enough offense as Cards fall to Brewers 7-4 -

Not enough offense as Cards fall to Brewers 7-4

(BaseballStL) -- The Cardinals put up a fight in the ninth inning with a big two out hit from their lead-off hitter.

Oscar Taveras and Mark Ellis earned walks in the ninth with two outs, and Matt Carpenter delivered with a triple to right center, pulling the Cardinals within three.

But it wouldn't be enough as Francisco Rodriguez shut down the Cards. The loss puts the Cardinals three games back of the first place Brew Crew.

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The Cardinals tacked on another run in the bottom half of the seventh with the speed of Peter Bourjos.

With one out, Bourjos hit a ground-rule double that hopped into the Cardinals bullpen, lucky this time for the Brewers because Bourjos could have been at third easily.

Daniel Descalso pinch hit for Seth Maness and hit a ground ball out to the right side allowing Bourjos to advance to third. Then Matt Carpenter worked the count full and poked a ball into shallow center that Bourjos easily score on to make the game 7-2 Brewers.

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In a little bit of good news for the Cardinals, Matt Holliday homered in the sixth for his eleventh of the year to bring the Cards their first run of the game.

The homer is Holliday's fifth in nine games.

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It got even uglier for Adam Wainwright in the sixth as Jonothan Lucroy added an explanation point of an extra three runs in the inning.

The inning started with back-to-back singles, one a swinging bunt that Wainwright bare-handed, but was unable to get the runner out at first, Jean Segura. Then Elian Herrara hit a soft fly ball that Kolten Wong just missed. On the throw to second in an attempt to get Segura on the force, second base umpire Will Little called him safe.

The Cardinals challenged the play, but the ruling was upheld.

A sacrifice from Wily Peralta moved the runners over, but Wainwright then hit Carlos Gomez to load the bases. 

Under a chorus of boos, Lucroy roped the ball down the right field line past Oscar Taveras, that cleared the bases and tallying the Brewers lead to 6-0.

Mike Matheny lifted Wainwright for Seth Maness and then after talking to the second base umpire Little again, Matheny was ejected from the game.

But the Brewers weren't done scoring. A double from Braun just inside the right field line scored Lucroy.

Maness got Aramis Ramirez to fly out to Taveras, but Braun moved up to third on the play. He then struck out Khris Davis to end the terrible inning for the Cardinals.

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More rough stuff for Adam Wainwright in the fifth inning with the Brewers adding yet another run.

After getting Wily Peralta to fly out to right field, Carlos Gomez singled and then was able to advance to second on an balk from Wainwright. A walk to Jonothan Lucroy later and Ryan Braun stroked a ground-rule double into the Cardinals' bullpen, luckily for the Cardinals as the Brewers only got one run out of the play.

Aramis Ramirez then shot a ball to Matt Carpenter who couldn't handle it, loading the bases. But Wainwright got Khris Davis to strike out and Lyle Overbay to foul out, leaving the Brewers with only 3-0 lead.

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Aramis Ramirez does it again in the third inning, but this time with just a double to the gap to score one.

With one out, Jonothan Lucroy shot a ball just over Adam Wainwright's head for a single into center. Then Wainwright struck out Ryan Braun for the second time in the game.

But Ramirez wouldn't be denied as he blasted the ball to left center out of the reach of Matt Holliday and Peter Bourjos to score Lucroy from first to extend the Brewers lead to 2-0.

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Aramis Ramirez has been a pain in the side of Adam Wainwright for years and the Brewers third baseman started the scoring Friday night with a homer in the second inning. 

Ramirez took Wainwright 396 feet deep into the Brewers bullpen as the first batter of the inning. It is his third homer against the Cardinals' ace and 37th against the Cardinals

Then Matt Carpenter couldn't handle a ground ball from Khris Davis for his tenth error of the season. Wainwright then issued a walk to Lyle Overbay putting two runners on with no outs.

Carpenter then made a nifty bare-handed play to get Jean Segura at first on a sacrifice bunt. Wainwright issued an intentional walk to Elian Herrera to load the bases with one out.

Then Jhonny Peralta made a spectacular play on a line drive from pitcher Wily Peralta and threw to first to double off Herrera to end the threat.

This all after an inning where the Cardinals loaded the bases off of walks with two outs, but AJ Pierzysnki was unable to make Brewers' starter Wily Peralta pay for his mistakes.

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