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Jay, Craig power offense as Cardinals roll over Brewers 9-3

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By John Bailey By John Bailey
By Dilip Vishwanat By Dilip Vishwanat

(BaseballStL) -- The Cardinal bats roared to life Wednesday after failing to maintain momentum for the first two games of the Milwaukee series. 

Despite a three-run, muscle-flexing homer by Matt Adams, the day belonged to Jon Jay and Allen Craig.

The two combined for seven hits, four doubles, a home run, four RBIs and three runs scored. 

Without a hit in his last six games, Jay broke his slump and sparked the offense to life in the first inning with a one-out double into left center. 

Matt Holliday, picking up his 17th RBI of the year, followed with a line drive single into center to score Jay before the inning ended with him stranded at third. 

In the following frame, the Brewers took the lead back with a two-run Mark Reynolds home run. In the third, Carlos Gomez would pad the advantage with a solo shot of his own. 

Jay and Holliday would team up again to begin the Cardinal rally in the bottom half of the third, with the former drawing a walk and the latter moving him around to third on a single up the middle off Matt Garza's body.

Adams, slugging .462 on the season but only boasting one home run, stepped in as the go ahead run. Unsatisfied with a single homer, he took a mistake curveball from Garza 439 feet to right center; a towering shot that reclaimed the lead for St. Louis. 

In the fourth, the Birds extended their advantage. Jay added to his successful day, singling to follow a Matt Carpenter walk. Allen Craig, continuing to claw back to form, put a ball in the gap with with runners at the corners to give St. Louis two more runs of cushion. 

In the fifth, the Cardinals popped three doubles to add two more runs. Greg Garcia got his first major league hit, and Shelby Miller picked up his second RBI of the season when the two matched doubles around Tony Cruz's ground out. 

Carpenter failed to reach, but Jay once again came through, roping a double off Scooter Gennett at second for his third hit of the day, and giving the Cardinals an 8-3 advantage. 

Craig reasserted his return to confidence with a sixth inning solo shot to center field, giving the Cardinals a six run lead. 

It would be enough for the Brewers to throw in the towel, eventually pitching catcher Martin Maldonado in the eighth to finish things up. 

Cardinal rookie Eric Fornataro came on to mop up, closing out the ninth without allowing a run. 

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