Game Report: Cardinals 10, Brewers 2

It was rookies’ night for the Cardinals on Tuesday night in Milwaukee.

Luke Voit got the start at first base and drove in four runs, Paul DeJong drove in three runs, Carson Kelly had two hits and scored twice and Luke Weaver turned in his second consecutive 10-strikeout game to lead the Cardinals past the Brewers in the opener of a 10-game road trip.

Voit was starting at first base in place of Matt Carpenter, who played third, and Kelly was a late addition to the lineup after Yadier Molina was scratched because of an abdominal injury.

Weaver improved to 3-0 in four appearances in August, three starts and one relief outing, with a 1.71 ERA, allowing four earned runs in 21 innings.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: The Cardinals scored three runs on only one hit in the third as Dexter Fowler was able to score from second on a fielder’s choice grounder by Voit … They broke the game open by sending nine batters to the plate and scoring four times in the fourth, with DeJong’s bases-loaded single driving in two of the runs and Voit’s two-run single, also with the bases loaded, capping off the inning … Carpenter increased the lead to 9-1 with a two-run homer in the fifth, his 18th of the season … The final run scored on another RBI single by DeJong in the seventh.

On the mound: Weaver allowed just three hits, one of them a solo homer by Eric Thames, through the first five innings before he got into a jam in the sixth, allowing four consecutive two-out singles, two of which did not get out of the infield. He came out of the game after throwing 111 pitches … Zach Duke got out of the bases-loaded jam by catching a line drive hit back up the middle … Seung Hwan Oh and Brett Cecil each worked 1-2-3 innings and Ryan Sherriff pitched the ninth, allowing a single.

Key stat: Weaver became just the 14th pitcher in Cardinals’ history to strike out 10 or more batters in consecutive games, and the first rookie to do it since Rick Ankiel in 2000. Bob Gibson performed the feat nine times, with a high of five consecutive 10-plus strikeout games, while Andy Benes (one streak of three consecutive games) and Steve Carlton each did it on two occasions.

Worth noting: Carpenter’s homer came after he pledged to donate $10,000 for each homer he hits the rest of the season for Hurricane Harvey relief in Houston, a pledge that was matched by Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals … Thames’ homer was his fifth of the season against the Cardinals, one behind Joey Votto of the Reds, who leads all Cardinals’ opponents with six home runs this season … Kevin Siegrist pitched a scoreless inning during his rehab assignment at Palm Beach on Tuesday night … Rosters for the Arizona Fall League were announced on Tuesday and eight Cardinal prospects were selected to play for the Surprise Saguaros, including two of the top pitching prospects in the organization, Sandy Alcantara and Jordan Hicks. The other pitchers named to the team were relievers Josh Lucas and Arturo Reyes. Position players named to the team were outfielder Oscar Mercado, infielder Edmundo Sosa, first baseman John Nogowski and catcher Andrew Knizner.

Looking ahead: Carlos Martinez gets the start in the second game of the two-game series at 1:10 p.m. on Wednesday while Chase Anderson will start for the Brewers.