Game Report: Brewers 6, Cardinals 4

Keon Broxton’s homer went farther, but the one hit by Eric Thames did more damage to the Cardinals on Thursday night at Busch Stadium.

Thames hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning off Seung Hwan Oh to break a 4-4 tie and give the Brewers their third win in the four-game series.

The two-run homer by Broxton, off starter Michael Wacha in the second, was measured at 489 feet, going into the bleachers in left center, making it the longest home run hit in the stadium since it opened in 2006.

It was the 16th loss this season when the Cardinals had a lead of at least two runs.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: The Cardinals took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, with Stephen Piscotty and Aledmys Diaz recording RBI singles … After the Brewers went ahead 3-2, Dexter Fowler tied the game with his 10th homer of the season in the third … Fowler got his second RBI with a fifth-inning single to once again tie the game, this time at 4-4 … Matt Carpenter had two doubles and scored twice while Fowler also was 2-for-4 as the top two hitters in the lineup combined for four of the team’s nine hits … The Cardinals did not have a hit after the fifth inning.

On the mound: Wacha allowed four runs on seven hits as he pitched into the fifth, when he failed to record an out … John Brebbia relieved with the bases loaded and nobody out and allowed just one run to score before getting out of the inning and working a scoreless sixth … Kevin Siegrist and Trevor Rosenthal each threw a scoreless inning before Oh took over in the ninth and gave up a one-out single prior to Thames’ home run, his third against the Cardinals this season and second in this series.

Key stat: The Cardinals have allowed seven homers in the ninth inning this year but this was the first one which came when the score was tied. Oh has allowed three of the seven homers. It was the 27th homer allowed by a St. Louis reliever this season, in 205 innings.

Worth noting
: The last tie-breaking homer allowed by the Cardinals in the ninth inning also came against Milwaukee, hit by Ryan Braun off Kevin Siegrist on Sept. 11 of last year … The previous record for the longest home run at Busch 3 was 477 feet, hit by Brandon Moss of the Cardinals last year. The longest previous homer by an opponent was a 456-foot blast, done three times, the most recent by Jay Bruce, then with the Reds, in 2015 … The Cardinals fell to 0-20 when scoring less than six runs in a game this season … With Kolten Wong returning to the DL because of a right forearm strain, Paul DeJong was recalled from Memphis and started at second base, going 1-for-4 and striking out twice … Randal Grichuk was 0-for-4 for Memphis Thursday night and struck out three times. He has a .231 average for the Triple A team.

Looking ahead
: The Cardinals will be in Baltimore on Friday night to open a three-game series against the Orioles. Carlos Martinez will get the start. With the DH in use against the American League team, unless the Cardinals make a roster move before the game they will have only a three-man bench, one of those being the backup catcher, while carrying 13 pitchers.