ST. LOUIS — With their closer on the hill, Milwaukee would face the fourth, fifth and sixt hitters in the Cardinal lineup with the game on the line. All three were hitless on the night.
Matt Adams would get ahead 2-0 before grounding to second base. Jhonny Peralta got ahead 3-0 before bringing the remaining fans to their feet with a drive to the wall, but Parra was able to bring it in on the track.
Molina flew out softly to end the game.
Milwaukee pulls ahead
The Brewers had another shot in the 12th off Kevin Siegrist, when a one-out single from Carlos Gomez began some trouble on the base paths.
With Mark Reynolds pinch hitting, Gomez swiped second to move himself into scoring position. The big-swinging veteran would fly out sharply to left field, but Gomez would advance on his own, stealing third base in the next at bat.
It would matter, as Hector Gomez flared a ball softly into shallow right field. Jon Jay, Matt Adams and Daniel Descalso all raced for it, but it fell before anyone could reach its landing spot.
Gomez trotted home from third and the Brewers had a 3-2 lead. Braun flew out, closing the scoring at one run. The Cardinals would draw Francisco Rodriguez in the bottom of the 12th.
Maness worked around a double to record a scoreless 11th, setting the stage for Oscar Taveras to pinch hit in the bottom half.
The Brewers brought side-arming lefty Zach Duke out to counter, resulting in a strikeout.
Matt Carpenter would manage a pulled single, but Jon Jay's pop fly to center would leave things up to Matt Holliday with two outs.
Milwaukee brought in Brandon Kintzler to face the Cardinal slugger, preferring a righty-righty matchup. It worked out, as Holliday's grounder up the middle was gloved by Scooter Gennett and thrown to first for the final out of the frame.
An empty 10th
Carlos Martinez was tapped to take the 10th inning, getting out of a slight jam after allowing a one-out infield single to Carlos Gomez.
He would rely on his outfield to get him out of the inning, as the first and last out of the inning were shots to center and left.
He walked off having thrown 13 pitches, but would hand duties off to Seth Maness for the 11th.
The Cardinals would not manage a threat in their half of the inning, with the biggest thrill coming in a Daniel Descalso nine-pitch at bat that ended in a strikeout.
A lead lost
Rosenthal came on to protect the one-run lead, tasked with facing the heart of the Milwaukee order.
He issued a 3-2 walk to Jonathan Lucroy, bouncing ball four in the dirt. Hector Gomez came on to run for Lucroy, and would be sent screaming around to third base when Aramis Ramirez punched a double down the third base line into the left field corner.
The Brewers would send out Elian Herrera to run for Ramirez, putting all their speed in scoring position with no outs.
Ryan Braun would go down 0-2 before tapping back to the Rosenthal for the first out, and the Cardinals would follow by walking Parra intentionally.
Matt Clark stepped in next, appearing in just his 10th game all season. He would get enough of a ball to loft it out to left field and give Gomez a shot to tag.
Holliday came up with the ball and fired home, but his throw was just far enough on the other side of the plate that Gomez slid safely ahead of the tag. He may have beat the throw anyway, but was able to beat it easily given the location.
Jean Segura would end the inning with a ground out to Pete Kozma at second, in for Kolten Wong.
More Bourjos, but no runs
Peter Bourjos continues to be the lone offensive outburst for the Cardinals since the second inning.
After Randal Grichuk lined out pinch hitting for Kolten Wong, Bourjos beat out an infield grounder to give the Cardinals their first hit since the fifth.
Xavier Scruggs pinch hit for Neshek, as Mike Matheny continued sending his righties up against the left-handed Will Smith. Scruggs would walk, putting two on for Carpenter.
The leadoff man hit a ball sharply to shallow left, but Parra was able to race it down and save a potential run.
Jon Jay would strike out, ending the volley.
Lynn rolls after third inning, finishes strong.
Lynn was pulled after tossing seven complete, concluding a day that saw him throw 101 pitches and strike out five.
The Brewers tallied just five hits against him, one of which that amounted to anything.
Apart from Parra’s homer in the fourth, the Cardinal starter was near-perfect after three innings. With four hits in the first three frames, Lynn looked to possibly have a tough night on his hands. From there he sat down 12 of 14 batters, surrendering only the homer and a walk to Carlos Gomez. The rest was a series of weak fly balls and grounders.
All offense came to a grinding halt after the fourth, with the Cardinals mustering only one hit, and even that turned into an out.
In the fifth, Peter Bourjos punched a single into right field. He never broke from his sprint, rounding first and flying immediately toward second base. Ryan Braun picked up the ball and fired, barely catching the sliding center fielder. It was the only potential baserunner the Cardinals had through the seventh inning.
Parra pulls it close
Gerardo Parra made the game tight in the fourth with a solo shot for the Brewers. It was his ninth homer of the season, and came with two outs.
Lynn has been smooth otherwise, scattering four singles and striking out four.
Cards cross early
With the Brewers facing a do-or-die series in St. Louis, the Cardinals gave them no room to breathe early.
After a one-hit first inning from Lance Lynn, the offense rattled off three straight singles to load the bases without an out. Matt Carpenter and Jon Jay both slapped base hits into right before Matt Holliday lifted a ball softly out of the infield. It was tough to judge, so by the time it landed safely in right, everyone had to stay put.
Matt Adams stepped in and worked a full count from Wily Peralta. The Brewers starter missed badly on ball four, and the Cardinals had a run with no outs.
Jhonny Peralta grounded into a double play next, scoring a run but costing two outs to do so. Yadier Molina stepped in with only Holliday left on the bases, as the big left fielder moved to third on the grounder.
The Cardinal backstop ripped a ball up the middle, but Peralta was able to snag it and prevent another run. The Cardinals took a 2-0 lead into the second.