Cardinals 8, Brewers 5: Brewers fall short

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

A back-and-forth battle ends with the Brewers unable to muster enough firepower to stick with the Cardinals Monday night.

Win: Michael Wacha (2-0)
Loss: Brandon Kintzler (3-1)
Save: Edward Mujica (32)

HR: Carlos Beltran (21), Jon Jay (7), Norichika Aoki (6), Aramis Ramirez (7)

MVP: Aramis Ramirez (.244 WPA)
LVP: Brandon Kintzler (-.482 WPA)

Fangraphs Win Expectancy Graph

The Brewers and Cardinals went back and forth all night. One team would score and the other seemed to match in the very next inning. Eventually though, one team wasn't able to match the other and that team was the Brewers as they fell to the Cardinals 8-5 Monday night.

Carlos Beltran started the scoring early for the Cardinals tonight with a solo home run in the first inning.

The Brewers tied the score in the bottom of the third inning. After Marco Estrada walked, Norichika Aoki singled on a line drive to right field. Jean Segura's sacrifice fly to right center moved Estrada over to third base before Jonathan Lucroy singled to right to score Marco Estrada to tie the score 1-1.

The Cardinals wasted no time taking the lead again in the very next inning. Allen Craig led off the inning with a single to center field. Yadier Molina followed Craig with a double down the right field line to give the Cardinals a 2-1 lead.

To lead off the bottom of the 5th inning, Aoki yanked a solo home run to right field that tied the game once again.

For the second time Monday night, the Cardinals broke the tie in their very next at-bat. Yadier Molina singled with one out in the top of the sixth and Jon Jay followed him with a two-run home run to give the Cardinals a 4-2 lead.

After a scoreless sixth, the Brewers did some damage in the seventh. Segura started off the inning with a bunt single that he advanced to second on due to an overthrow from Michael Wacha. Lucroy scored Segura from second on a single to center to shrink the Cardinals lead to just one. Following Lucroy's single, Aramis Ramirez connected on his first home run since June 26 and gave the Brewers a one run lead.

With a one-run lead, Brandon Kintzler came into the game for the Brewers and got two quick outs on a Jon Jay double play. Things went downhill quickly from there. With two out, the Cardinals put together five consecutive singles to give themselves a 6-5 lead before Brandon Kintzler was removed. Burke Badenhop came into the game with the bases loaded and gave up a two-run double to David Freese on the very first pitch he threw.

The Brewers were able to bring the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth after a Jeff Bianchi single and a ground-rule double from Khris Davis, but Scooter Gennett was unable to keep the game alive as he grounded weakly to first baseman Matt Adams to end the game.

Kyle Lohse takes the mound for the Brewers tomorrow against his former team. Lohse has yet to beat the Cardinals this season in three attempts. Lance Lynn will face off against the Brewers for the second time this season. In his only start against the Brewers on May 18, he gave up four runs in five innings. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.

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