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Brewers top Cardinals in 12 innings

Coverage of tonight's Cards and Brewers game can be heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM beginning at 6:40pm.

St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Khris Davis' RBI triple in the 12th inning 
proved  to  be the difference as  the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the St. Louis 
Cardinals, 5-3, in the opener of a three-game series Monday. 

Jonathan  Lucroy led off  the 12th with a double to left off Seth Maness (0-2) 
and  Martin Maldonado moved him over to third on a groundout. Davis then poked 
one  down the  left-field line with two strikes but Matt Holliday trotted over 
to the chalk and allowed the ball to drop in foul territory so Lucroy couldn't 
score on a sacrifice fly. 

"That  was  a great  play," Cardinals  manager Mike Matheny  said. "That was a 
heads-up play." 

But two pitches later, Davis pounded one into the right-field  corner for  his 
triple.  He  scored on  a Mark  Reynolds sacrifice  fly in  the next at-bat to 
account for the final margin. 

Zach  Duke (2-0)  allowed one hit and two  walks in two innings to pick up the 
win  and Francisco  Rodriguez fired a scoreless  12th for his 12th save of the 
season. 

Lyle  Overbay, Scooter Gennett and Aramis Ramirez all knocked in a run for the 
Brewers, who have won four of their last five. 

Yovani  Gallardo allowed three  runs on seven hits over six innings in the no- 
decision for Milwaukee. 

"This  win was huge,"  said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke. "It was a great win. 
We'll  do  what we can  tomorrow. We'll  be a little  short in the bullpen but 
we'll be OK. Again, we got some big hits." 

Holliday  went 3-for-6 with  a home run and two RBI and Allen Craig had a solo 
homer in the setback. 

St.  Louis starter  Michael  Wacha took  a no-decision  after  pitching 6  1/3 
innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with nine strikeouts. 

"I  thought (Wacha) looked pretty good," Matheny said. "We like his ability to 
get out of tough spots when you have swing-and-miss stuff like he has." 

Matt  Carpenter doubled to  lead off the home half of the first, moved over to 
third on a Jon Jay flyout and scored on Holliday's single to center. 

Holliday  increased the  cushion with a solo  blast to center in the sixth and 
Craig  added a solo  shot to left two batters later which staked the Cardinal
to a 3-0 advantage. 

Jeff  Bianchi walked with  one out in the seventh and the Brewers chased Wacha 
from  the game  with four straight singles  to cut the deficit to 3-2. Overbay 
knocked  in Bianchi after an Elian Herrera single and Gennett drove in Herrera 
two batters later. 

Pat  Neshek replaced Wacha with the bases loaded and struck out Lucroy for the 
second out of the frame. After getting ahead in the count to Ramirez, Neshek's 
fastball  ran  in on  the Milwaukee  slugger and hit  him, plating Overbay and 
tying the game. Davis flied out to left to end the inning. 

With  two  outs and runners  on first  and second in  the bottom of the ninth, 
Carpenter  rolled  over on a  pitch, but reached  base on a Martin Maldanado's 
missed catch error that loaded the bases. 

Jay grounded out to second on the first pitch of his at-bat to end the threat. 

Holliday doubled to lead off the bottom of the 10th inning but was caught in a 
rundown  in the next at-bat when Peter Bourjos bunted it hard back to Reynolds 
at third base. 

Reynolds  gunned it  to Bianchi, who tossed  it to Gennett to get Holliday and 
the Cardinals couldn't muster anything from there. 

                                   Game Notes 

Milwaukee  was without  Ryan Braun and Jean Segura. Braun has a strained chest 
muscle  and  Segura  is  still  recovering  from  a  right  cheek  bruise  and 
swelling on his face after Braun hit him with a practice swing on Saturday ... 
Gallardo  allowed two runs  or fewer in each of his first five starts prior to 
Monday ... St. Louis was 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left 13 
men on base ... Milwaukee was 4-for-12 with RISP and left 11 runners on base. 

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