Game Report: Cardinals 6, Brewers 5

The Cardinals hit three more home runs Monday night, but it was a bunt back to the pitcher that turned out to be the deciding play of the game.

A pinch-hit double by Greg Garcia and a walk to Stephen Piscotty gave the Cardinals runners on first and second with nobody out in the ninth inning of a 5-5 game against the Brewers in Milwaukee, bringing Yadier Molina to the plate.

Molina, who has just two sacrifice bunts in the last four years, got the bunt down, but pitcher Tyler Thornburg threw to third to retire Garcia. When third baseman Jonathan Villar tried to throw to first to double up Molina, however, he made a wild throw that let Piscotty score all the way from first with what turned out to be the winning run.

The win raised the Cardinals’ road record to 39-24, the best mark in the major leagues.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: The Cardinals’ home runs came from Jedd Gyorko in the fifth, his 23rd of the year, Kolten Wong in the seventh as he celebrated his first start since Aug. 19, and Randal Grichuk, whose two-run homer tied the game in the eighth after the Brewers had taken a 5-3 lead with a four-run seventh … The three homers gave the Cardinals 44 for the month, a franchise record for August, and the most they have hit in any month since May of 2000, when they hit 45 … It also extended their streak with at least one homer to 18 consecutive games, one away from tying the franchise record. It also was their 19th consecutive game with at least one homer at Miller Park … Wong drove in the other run with a sacrifice fly and also stole a base.

On the mound: Carlos Martinez set a career high with 13 strikeouts, including eight of the first 10 hitters he faced. Martinez got only five outs that did not come on strikeouts as he left with a 2-1 lead after six innings, allowing four hits and walking two … The bullpen could not protect the lead, as the Brewers scored their four runs in the seventh off Matt Bowman and Kevin Siegrist, who allowed seven consecutive batters to reach base. Siegrist faced four batters and did not record an out, giving up two hits and walking two … Miguel Socolovich finally got the final two outs and struck out the side in the eighth, also allowing a walk, before Seung Hwan Oh got the save, striking out the final two Milwaukee batters.

Key stat: Before Socolovich stranded the bases loaded in the seventh, Cardinal relievers combined had allowed six of the last nine inherited runners to score in the last four games, including both runners inherited by Siegrist on Monday night.

Of note: Gyorko became the first Cardinal to hit 10 home runs in a month since Carlos Beltran had 10 in May of 2012. The last Cardinal to hit 10 or more homers in August was Albert Pujols, who hit 11 in August 2010 … Aledmys Diaz was cleared by a doctor to resume swinging a bat on Monday. He is expected to get into some rehab games later this week and could be back in the lineup in about 10 days … With Mike Leake going on the disabled list, Dean Kiekhefer was recalled again from Memphis and Alex Reyes will remain in the rotation, with his next start set for Friday night in Cincinnati.

Looking ahead: Adam Wainwright, who hasn’t won a game since July 16, a span of seven consecutive starts, will get the start on Tuesday night – his 35th birthday - while Wily Peralta is scheduled to start for the Brewers.