Game Report: Cardinals 2, Brewers 1 (10 innings)

The Cardinals did not have an at-bat in the first nine innings Tuesday night with a runner in scoring position.

But when they finally got that chance in the 10th inning, Randal Grichuk made the most of it. His RBI single drove in pinch-runner Jeremy Hazelbaker from third and gave the Cardinals, after surviving a scare in the bottom of the 10th, the win in Milwaukee.

Having won Monday night’s game with a run in the ninth inning, researcher Tom Orf said it was the first time the Cardinals had won consecutive road games in their last at-bat since May 23 and 24, 2011.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate:
Jedd Gyorko’s 24th homer of the year in the sixth inning was the extent of the Cardinals’ offense in the first nine innings. They had just four hits and struck out 13 times though the ninth, four of them by Stephen Piscotty and three by Matt Carpenter … It was the first four-strikeout game in Piscotty’s career … Gyorko’s homer allowed the Cardinals to tie the franchise record with at least one homer in 19 consecutive games, and also marked their 20th consecutive game with at least one homer at Miller Park. It was the team’s 45th homer this month … In the 10th, Jhonny Peralta led off with a double and went to third on Yadier Molina’s 30th double of the season. The ball bounced over the wall, forcing Peralta to stop at third. With Grichuk up, Hazelbaker came in to run for Peralta … The Cardinals could have added to the lead as they had the bases loaded with one out but failed to score.

On the mound:
Wainwright had his best game in the last six weeks, but still came away without a victory. Pitching on his 35th birthday, Wainwright allowed just three hits over seven innings, but two of them were back-to- back doubles in the sixth that allowed the Brewers to tie the game 1-1. Wainwright had five 1-2-3 innings after recording only nine perfect innings in 36 innings combined in his previous seven starts … Wainwright struck out seven and did not issue a walk but still ended August without a victory, and saw his streak without a win extended to eight consecutive starts since July 16 … Seung Hwan Oh pitched around two two-out singles in the ninth before Matt Bowman walked the first two hitters in the 10th, then got two outs and issued an intentional walk to load the bases. Zach Duke relieved and got the game-saving strikeout.

Key stat: The Cardinals came into the game with only two hits in their last 32 at-bats with a runner in scoring position over their previous five games. After going 1-for-4 on Tuesday night, they are now a combined 3-for-36 with a runner on second and third over the last six games.

Of note: The only other month in Wainwright’s career as a starter when he did not record at least one win was May of 2012, when he was 0-3 in four starts … Wainwright’s 1-2-3 first inning was the first time he retired the side in order in the first inning since June 3 … With his two strikeouts in the third and fifth, Tommy Pham had struck out in nine consecutive at-bats (plus a walk) in his last six games. He finally broke that streak with a groundout in the eighth, but struck out again in the 10th. He is now hitless in his last 14 at-bats … With two strikeouts in the 10th, the Cardinals tied their season-high with 15 in the game.

Looking ahead: The Cardinals will send rookie Luke Weaver to the mound on Wednesday night as they try to complete the sweep of the three-game series. Matt Garza will start for the Brewers.