Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Casey McGehee’s two-run single in the fifth inning proved to be the difference, as the Milwaukee Brewers held off the St. Louis Cardinals, 4-2, on a night that saw all-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman record the 600th save of his career.
McGehee had three hits and drove in a total of three runs for the Brewers, who had lost six of seven coming in. Prince Fielder knocked in the other run.
Chris Narveson (11-7) was solid in seven innings, allowing two runs on four hits to pick up the win. The left-hander also struck out nine and walked three.
“Accomplishments like this are shared among a lot of people and I think it just validates the work you put in and the ballplayer that good things can happen,” Hoffman said.
Yadier Molina and Colby Rasmus each drove in a run for the Cardinals, who won 8-6 in the opener of this three-game series on Monday. Kyle Lohse (2-7) went five innings in the start, giving up four runs on seven hits.
St. Louis sits six games behind the Reds in the NL Central standings.
“Tough way to lose. It’s frustrating to give up the two-out hits again,” Lohse said.
The Brewers put a pair of runs on the board in the first. With two outs, Ryan Braun reached base on an infield single. Fielder drove in Braun with a double to right. McGehee then scored Fielder with a two-bagger of his own.
St. Louis tied the game in the fourth. Albert Pujols singled and Matt Holliday doubled with one out. Molina and Rasmus followed with consecutive RBI singles to make it 2-2. The Cardinals went on to load the bases, but Lohse grounded out to end the inning.
Milwaukee took back the lead in the fifth. Narveson was hit by a pitch and Rickie Weeks walked. Following two outs, Fielder walked to load the bases. McGehee stepped to the plate and delivered a two-run single to left for a 4-2 advantage.
Carlos Villanueva and John Axford combined to pitch a scoreless eighth. Hoffman worked around a leadoff single in the ninth to record his ninth save of the year.
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Jake Westbrook went six innings in the start and was charged with two runs on five hits with a pair of walks and strikeouts. Mitchell Boggs (2-2) got the win for tossing 1 1/3 innings while giving up a run.
"It was a great win," said St. Louis manager Tony La Russa. "They are a tough club to play here because of all that power. We got touched up at the end, but everybody got the outs that they needed."
Corey Hart hit a two-run homer and a solo shot while Rickie Weeks added a solo home run for the Brewers, who have lost six of their last seven. Yovani Gallardo threw seven innings and was charged with two runs on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Zach Braddock (1-2) was tagged with the loss.
"Gallardo threw the ball very well and gave us the innings that we needed," said Milwaukee manager Ken Macha. "It was a big night for Corey with the two home runs. We just didn't get the bullpen help we needed."
With the score tied in the eighth, the Cardinals surged ahead with a six-run frame.
Braddock started the frame on the mound and got the first out, but then hit Jon Jay with a pitch. Jeremy Jeffress then took over on the hill and Pujols reached base on a Casey McGehee error. Holliday then put his team on top with a single that scored Jay.
After Colby Rasmus was issued an intentional walk to load the bases, Todd Coffey took the mound and promptly gave up an RBI single to Feliz. Molina followed with a blast over the left field wall for an 8-2 lead.
The Brewers cut into the deficit in the eighth. With men on first and third and one out, McGehee singled up the middle to score Hart. After Lorenzo Cain struck out, Alcides Escobar doubled to left to score Prince Fielderand make it an 8-4 game. On the play, Holliday gunned the ball to Brendan Ryan, who took the relay and threw home to nail McGehee for the final out of the inning.
Ryan Franklin gave up a leadoff double to Jonathan Lucroy in the ninth, but then retired the next two batters. Hart, though, cut the deficit in half when he crushed a pitch well over the center-field wall. Ryan Braun then worked a walk to bring the tying run to the plate in the form of Fielder. Franklin, though, got Fielder to groundout to first base to end the game.
The Cardinals posted a 1-0 lead in the first inning as Skip Schumaker led off with a double, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt from Jay and crossed the plate on a sac fly by Pujols.
The Brewers tied the game in the third on Weeks' solo shot over the right- field wall.
Milwaukee then went ahead in the fifth on a two-out, solo shot from Hart, but the Cardinals answered in the sixth on a wild pitch from Gallardo that scored Pujols.
St. Louis now leads the season-series with Milwaukee, 7-6...Hart now has 27 home runs on the season...Milwaukee stranded seven men on base...Pujols has 97 RBI on the season...Kyle Lohse takes the mound for St. Louis on Tuesday and will be opposed by Chris Narveson for Milwaukee...Molina's other grand slam came this season on April 5 against Cincinnati.