Game Report: Cardinals 5, Brewers 4

Yadier Molina backed a strong start by Luke Weaver with a pair of home runs Wednesday night to carry the Cardinals past the Brewers in Milwaukee.

Molina hit a solo homer in the fourth and added another solo homer in the sixth as the Cardinals built a 5-1 lead before holding on for the victory.

Weaver allowed just five hits and two runs over 6 1/3 innings to earn the second win of his career in 10 starts.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: Molina’s first hit of the night, a double, helped the Cardinals score their first run on a groundout by Luke Voit in the second … After his second homer in the sixth, Kolten Wong’s double drove in the final two runs. Wong was moved to the leadoff spot in place of Matt Carpenter … It was Molina’s second two-homer game of the season and fourth of his career. His 12 homers for the season are the most he has hit since homering 12 times in 2013 … The Cardinals lost two runners on the bases when Randal Grichuk was picked off first after a walk and Tommy Pham was thrown out trying to steal second.

On the mound: Weaver, making his second start of the season since coming up from Memphis, struck out eight and walked two. After giving up a homer to Eric Thames in the first, Weaver allowed just two more hits until Keon Broxton doubled leading off the seventh … The 6 1/3 innings was the longest outing of his career … John Brebbia’s streak of 14 consecutive scoreless innings ended when he gave up a two-run pinch-hit homer to Jesus Aguilar in the eighth … Trevor Rosenthal got the final four outs to earn the save.

Key stat:
Molina’s 10 total bases is a career high. His previous high had been nine, which he had done twice, on Sept. 6, 2016 and Aug. 16, 2007, when he also hit two homers and had a single in a game at Milwaukee. The 10 total bases ties the team high for this season, previously accomplished by Paul DeJong, Tommy Pham and Jedd Gyorko.

Worth noting: Carpenter was a late scratch from the Cardinals’ lineup before the game, said to be suffering from right hip discomfort. Voit got the start at first and had two hits in addition to his RBI groundout … The highlight of Paul DeJong’s 24th birthday was being named the NL Rookie of the Month for July before the game, but he had a tough night at the plate, going 0-of-5 and striking out four times … Twenty-one of the 35 runs Weaver has allowed in his career have come on home runs.

Looking ahead: Michael Wacha will get the start in the 1:10 p.m. game on Thursday that closes out the three-game series before the Cardinals head to Cincinnati for the weekend. 

Mike Matheny