There was plenty of offense to go around on Friday night at Busch Stadium, but for the St. Louis Cardinals, there just wasn't enough of it to overcome the Milwaukee Brewers as they fell in extra innings, 5-4.
Ryan Braun hit the game-winning home run in the top of the 13th, a solo shot to left off Lance Lynn, to give the Brewers the victory. Lynn pitched two innings in relief and took the loss for the Cardinals.
Brewers reliever Kameron Loe got out of a bases loaded jam with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning when he induced a groundout to first from pinch-hitter Adron Chambers.
The loss will be even tougher for St. Louis to stomach given what it took to take the game into extra frames.
It took just one swing of the bat, a two-run homer to left field in the bottom of the eighth inning from Yadier Molina off right-hander Jim Henderson, to extend the game for the Cardinals, who fall to 74-64 on the season.
St. Louis starter Kyle Lohse allowed five hits and two earned runs, striking out five while walking just two to keep the game within reach until Molina tied it in the eighth.
Brandon Kintzler got the win for Milwaukee and improved to 1-0. The Cardinals will face the Brewers in Game 2 of the three-game series on Saturday at 6:15 p.m.