MILWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) — Jason LaRue drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, and the Cardinals held on to beat the Brewers, 3-2, Wednesday, to take two of three at Miller Park.
Todd Wellemeyer (5-4) continued St. Louis’ string of solid pitching efforts, scattering two runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings. Cardinals pitchers have given up just nine runs over the past nine games, seven resulting in wins. Nick Stavinoha drove in two runs for the victors.
“Our bullpen got a lot of outs,” Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa said. “I thought Wellemeyer was outstanding against a tough lineup, and Stavinoha is gaining confidence.”
Manny Parra (3-6) took the loss, giving up three runs on seven hits and five walks in 6 2/3 frames for Milwaukee, which has dropped five of six. Frank Catalanotto had two hits, including a two-run triple in defeat.
After giving up a walk and single to open the game, Parra struck out Albert Pujols and induced a possible inning-ending double-play ball off the bat of Stavinoha. But Chris Duncan’s hard slide took out second baseman Craig Counsell, allowing Brendan Ryan to score the game’s first run.
Ryan then doubled to open the third inning and came around on Stavinoha's sacrifice fly later in the frame.
The Brewers tied it in the fourth when Catalanotto drove a ball to the right field wall, bringing in the tying runs while legging out a three-bagger.
Stavinoha helped put the Cardinals back on top in the sixth, leading off with a double and scoring on LaRue's base hit to right.
After Milwaukee left a runner in scoring position in the sixth and seventh innings, Dennys Reyes and Ryan Franklin combined to retire the Brewers in order in the eighth.
Franklin stayed on the rubber for the ninth and allowed a leadoff walk and a two-out single to Counsell before getting J.J. Hardy on a groundout to short to polish off his 12th save of the season.
“Those one-run losses are tough,” Brewers manager Ken Macha said. “You can pick apart a whole bunch of stuff that happens in the game that you could have done [better].”