Game Report: Cardinals 6, Brewers 4

The bottom third of the Cardinals’ batting order provided the majority of the team’s offense in Sunday’s win over the Brewers in Milwaukee.

That offense included a two-run, bases loaded single from pitcher Mike Leake, the second time in the last three games the Cardinals’ starting pitcher came up with a big hit to help his own cause.

The Cardinals’ also got an RBI from seventh-place hitter Kolten Wong, one from eighth-place hitter Eric Fryer and another from pinch-hitter Matt Adams, batting in the ninth spot.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: The last three spots in the batting order, including Adams’ appearance as a pinch-hitter, combined to go 5-for-9 with the five RBIs and three runs scored … The other RBI came from a third-inning single by Aledmys Diaz, one of only three hits out of the top six spots in the batting order … The Cardinals’ streak for consecutive games with at least one home run at Miller Park ended at 24, although Dexter Fowler made a bid to extend the streak when his fly to center in the eighth was caught at the wall. Fowler was 0-for-4 with a walk, dropping his average to .169 … Diaz drew his first walk of the season, in his 72nd plate appearance, in the seventh inning but then got picked off first. He was one of three Cardinals picked off in the game, as Stephen Piscotty was cut down in the second inning and Wong in the third.

On the mound: Leake gave up a run in the first and third innings, each time when Jonathan Villar led off the inning with a walk and later came around to score. Leake allowed just three hits in his six innings. His ERA for the season rose to 1.32 … Matt Bowman stayed perfect on the season with a scoreless seventh and Trevor Rosenthal pitched the eighth but Jonathan Broxton gave up a home run and single in the ninth, forcing the Cardinals to use Seung Hwan Oh for the third consecutive game. He allowed an RBI single to Villar before closing out the game by getting the last two outs with runners on first and third.

Key stat: Matt Carpenter was 0-for-3, striking out in all three at-bats, although he did walk in the fifth. He was 0-for-1 with a runner in scoring position and is now 0-for-8 in those situations this season. He has driven in just two runs that did not come on one of his two home runs, both on sacrifice flies.

Worth noting:
Carpenter and manager Mike Matheny were ejected by home plate umpire John Tumpane after Carpenter was called out on strikes in the seventh inning. It was Carpenter’s third career ejection, all for arguing a called third strike. Matheny has been ejected 13 times as the Cardinals’ manager … Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson fell to 0-8 in 10 career games against the Cardinals, including nine starts … Pitching for Double A Springfield on Sunday, Jack Flaherty worked six shutout innings, improving to 4-0 on the season, and lowering his ERA to 0.33. He has allowed one run in his first 27 1/3 innings, 15 hits, three walks and had struck out 24.

Looking ahead:
After a day off on Monday, the Cardinals return home to start a 10-game homestand on Tuesday with the first of three games against the Toronto Bluejays.