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Cardinals Vs. Brewers Score Update: Cardinals Put Up Eight In Third, Up 12-1

The Milwaukee Brewers entered Friday night's game vs. the St. Louis Cardinals with an advantage in the starting pitching match up— at least on paper. The Cardinals hitters had something to say about that, though, as they beat up on Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo early on Friday night, knocking him out after two innings after putting up eight runs, all of which were charged to Gallardo.

The Cardinals got on the board in the second inning on a Skip Schumaker triple which scored Yadier Molina and Matt Carpenter, but that was only a prelude to what would be an epic top of the third. In that third, the Cardinals collected seven hits to go along with two walks, all of which resulted in eight runs. The inning started with a Jon Jay single and a Matt Holliday walk. Carlos Beltran then singled to score Jay and David Freese singled to plate Holliday and put the Brewers up 4-1. Yadier Molina then walked, and Carpenter delivered the major blow with a double to center that brought home Beltran and Freese.

That Carpenter hit would be the end of Gallardo, but reliever Mike McClendon did little to stop the bleeding. With St. Louis up 6-1, Schumaker singled to score Molina, which was followed by a Jake Westbrook sacrifice and a Rafael Furcal walk. Jay, who started the inning, then singled again to score Carpenter and Schumaker. Holliday followed that up by singling home Furcal to make it 10-1. The inning came to its merciful end when Beltran lined into a double play.

In the bottom of the fifth, a Jay single scored Schumaker and a Holliday single plated Furcal. That made it 12-1, which is where the score now stands.

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