(BaseballStL) -- A third start was just the charm Kolten Wong needed for his first big league hit in an 8-5 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday.
Wong began the game with a force out and a strikeout to extend his hitless streak to 10 at-bats to begin his career, but legged out an infield single in the sixth inning for his first major league hit.
He followed the hit with a stolen base off Brewers starter Marco Estrada. He had 20 stolen bases in 21 attempts for Triple-A Memphis this year. Wong was left stranded on second base after the one-out single.
Wong added another infield single in his next plate appearance with two outs in the eighth inning. He would score the eventual tying run from second base on a pinch-hit single by Matt Adams. The Cardinals would take an 8-5 lead by the end of the inning.
The rookie second baseman reached base again after grounding into a force out in the ninth inning. He would steal his second base of the game during the next at-bat. He became the first Cardinals rookie with two stolen bases in a game since Kerry Robinson in 2001.
He finished 2-for-5 with a run scored and a strike out.
Wong became the 18th rookie to appear with the Cardinals this season after making his big league debut on Friday against the Chicago Cubs. It’s the most rookies the Cardinals have used in a single season since the team used 19 in 1997.