Game Report: Cardinals 5, Brewers 3 (11 innings)

By Rob Rains

Matt Carpenter might not have had a lot of success to start this season, but he got a hit when it counted Tuesday night.

Carpenter’s third career walkoff homer, a two-run shot in the 11th inning, gave the Cardinals the win over the Brewers at Busch Stadium.

Carpenter also had an infield single in the sixth and also walked twice, giving him seven hits and 11 walks through the first 11 games of the season.

Paul DeJong led off the 11th against J.J. Hoover with an infield single and trotted home ahead of Carpenter when he deposited a 1-1 pitch into the seats in right field for his second homer of the year.

It was the third extra-inning homer of Carpenter’s career, all of which have come in the 11th inning.

It also was the Cardinals first walkoff homer against the Brewers since Eduardo Perez hit one, also in the 11th inning, exactly 16 years ago Tuesday.

The win came after the Cardinals scored to tie the game in the sixth, ninth and 10th innings, the last two after the Brewers had taken the lead in the top of the inning.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: Three of the Cardinals’ first five hits did not get out of the infield, including their first hit, a bunt single by Kolten Wong with two outs in the fifth … They tied the game in the sixth on a bases loaded walk to Jairo Munoz, his first career RBI … They tied it again in the ninth on a walk, sacrifice bunt and two wild pitches and in the 10th on a two out walk, a pinch-hit single by Jose Martinez and an RBI single by Greg Garcia. The hit by Martinez was the first pinch-hit this season for the Cardinals n 13 at-bats.

On the mound: Carlos Martinez gave up the first Milwaukee run on a homer by Thames in the first inning but was able to pitch around five hits, two walks and a hit batter to keep Milwaukee from adding to its lead until he left in the seventh … Jordan Hicks stranded two inherited runners in that inning and pitched out of a two-on, one-out jam of his own doing in the eighth … Bud Norris retired the first two hitters in the ninth before giving up a double to Thames and an RBI single to Domingo Santana that put the Brewers up 2-1 … Matt Bowman gave up the run in the 10th on a two-out RBI single by Orlando Arcia … Dominic Leone retired the side in order in the 11th.

Key stat: The Cardinals were 0-of-10 with runners in scoring position before Garcia’s RBI single in the 10th. Carpenter’ fly out in the seventh left him 0-of-8 this season with runners on either second or third. He does have two RBIs in those situations, on a walk and sacrifice fly.

Worth noting: Yadier Molina and Arizona manager Torey Lovullo each were suspended for one game and fined an undisclosed amount for their altercation on Sunday. Molina played on Tuesday night while appealing his suspension, while Lovullo served his suspension on Tuesday night … Jose Martinez, who had to leave Monday night’s game because of a contusion on his right Achilles after a collision at first base, said before the game he thought he could pinch-hit if needed.

Looking ahead: Adam Wainwright will make his second start of the season in the 12:15 p.m. game on Wednesday, the finale of the series against the Brewers and the homestand. A reminder that the game will not be on television because of a new MLB contract and will be shown exclusively on Facebook Live.

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