Division rivals met for an August showdown on Tuesday night at Busch Stadium. And the Brewers pulled out a 5–3 victory in 10 innings as Casey McGehee delivered the game winning hit to put the Brewers on top to stay. In winning the first game of this much anticipated three game set the Brewers stretched their lead in the division to four games over the Cardinals.
The Brewers were the first to score as right fielder Corey Hart delivered a two run home run in the top of the third. Hart sat out Sundays game after being hit with a pitch on his hand and the long ball was his 17th of the season.
The Brewers wasted a golden opportunity to expand their lead when they failed to score with the bases loaded and nobody out in the top of the fifth inning. The Cardinals were able to retire Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder with lineouts to third and second respectively. So with the score still 2–0 the Cardinals cut the lead in half with a two out RBI by Corey Patterson in the bottom of the fifth.
The Brewers were able to get that run back with a little two out magic of their own in the top of the sixth. Jonathan Lucroy would knock in Felipe Lopez with a single to center and the Brewers were in front 3–1 going to the bottom of the sixth. Brewers starter Shaun Marcum had held the Cardinals scoreless until the Cardinals broke through for the single run in the fifth. Marcum would find more trouble in the sixth inning as Matt Holliday led off with a single and advanced to third on a two base error by Ryan Braun. Holliday would score on a one out single by David Freese and Freese would score the tying run on a two out bloop single to center by Gerald Laird.
With starters Marcum and Edwin Jackson done after both surrendering three runs in six innings pitched the game would be turned over to the teams bullpens. The bullpens for both teams would keep the score at 3–3 until the top of the 10th inning. The Brewers would plate two runs as Nyjer Morgan led the inning off with a solid single to right field. Fielder followed with a one out single to center and Casey McGehee would put the Brewers on top with a booming double to the right field wall. Shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt would make it a 5–3 game as he lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to score Fielder.
On came Brewers closer John Axford who retired Holliday on a fly ball to center fielder Nyjer Morgan. Axford would then surrender a double to Lance Berkman who got a fly ball just over the head of Morgan in center. Axford would get Freese to groundout to Betancourt for out number two. The Cardinals would send up pinch hitter Ryan Theriot and Axford retired him on a groundout to McGehee for the final out and his 33rd save of the season. So the Brewers start this series between the top two divisions with a big win and increase their lead in the division to four games. Game two will see Randy Wolf take the mound for Brewers to be opposed by the Cardinals Jake Westbrook.
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