Game Report: Brewers 7, Cardinals 5 (10 innings)

By Rob Rains

On a night the Cardinals hit four home runs and rallied to tie the game after trailing 4-0, an error and poor baserunning once again cost them a chance for a victory.

Kolten Wong’s throwing error allowed the leadoff hitter to reach base in the 10th and with two outs Travis Shaw blasted a three-run homer off Seung Hwan Oh to give the Brewers the victory Monday night at Busch Stadium.

Wong also made a baserunning error in the sixth when he got a late stop sign from coach Chris Maloney and fell trying to stop and was eventually tagged out to end the inning. If he had stopped at third, the Cardinals would have had runners on first and third with Dexter Fowler coming up to bat.

“I’ve answered probably 50 questions in the last few days about how good he’s been playing,” manager Mike Matheny said of Wong. “It was one of those days. He’s going to let that go and come back and be the same kind of player we’ve been complimenting.”

Fowler also got doubled off first on a line drive in the seventh. That was one of four double plays turned by the Brewers.

“We’ve got to grow from it and get better,” Matheny said.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate:
Jedd Gyorko hit two of the Cardinals’ four home runs, in the eighth and 10th, the fifth two-homer game of his career. He also had two singles, making it the fourth four-hit game of his career … Aledmys Diaz was in a 2-for-22 slump coming into the game before he singled in the third and homered in the fifth. He and Matt Carpenter went back-to-back in the fifth, the first time the Cardinals had done that this season … Wong’s single in the eighth drove in Stephen Pisotty to tie the game, the only Cardinals’ run that did not come on a home run.

On the mound: Starter Michael Wacha allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings … Oh relieved to start the ninth and worked a scoreless inning but could not get through the 10th. The error by Wong was followed by a sacrifice bunt, an intentional walk and a strikeout before Shaw hit a 1-2 pitch for the homer. It was the third allowed by Oh this season, the second of which came when he was asked to pitch more than one inning. He allowed only five homers all of last season.

Key stats: The four home runs gave the Cardinals 28 for the season, 19 of which – including the four on Monday night – have come with nobody on base. All six of Gyorko’s homers have been solo shots. The Cardinals have hit six with one runner on base, two with two runners on base and one grand slam … Dating back to last year, the Cardinals have lost four of the last five games when they hit four home runs. Prior to that streak they had only lost one four-homer game since 2008.

Worth noting: Jonathan Villar’s homer off Wacha in the fourth was measured at 450 feet, making it the longest of the season at Busch Stadium – until Shaw’s blast in the 10th, which was measured at 451 feet … The Cardinals used the same lineup, except for the starting pitcher, for the third consecutive game … The Cardinals starters have not allowed a run in the first inning in all 15 home games so far this season … Minor-league outfielder Magneuris Sierra had a big game Monday night for Class A Palm Beach, going 4-for-4 with two triples, a double and two RBIs while also earning two outfield assists, one on a play at home and one at second base. He also committed his first error and is now hitting .317 for the season.

Looking ahead: Carlos Martinez, minus the hair extensions, will make his sixth start of the season Tuesday night in search of his first victory. Wily Peralta is scheduled to start for the Brewers.

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