08/17 22:42 CDT Cardinals beat Brewers 5-2, pull closer in wild-card race
Cardinals beat Brewers 5-2, pull closer in wild-card race
By JASON L. YOUNG
ST. LOUIS (AP) --- Kolten Wong and Marcell Ozuna drove in two runs apiece, Jack
Flaherty pitched six shutout innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the
Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 on Friday night.
The Cardinals won for the ninth time in 10 games and pulled within a half-game
of the Brewers for the National League's second wild-card spot.
Milwaukee has dropped three of four.
Flaherty (7-6) gave up three hits, walked three and struck out seven. The
Brewers had only two runners reach second base against the rookie, who has
allowed two earned runs in his past 19 innings pitched.
Bud Norris earned his 24th save in 28 opportunities.
Freddy Peralta (5-4) went six innings, giving up three earned runs. He allowed
three hits, walked three, and struck out five. It was his third loss in his
last four decisions.
Wong's two-run double in the eighth padded the Cardinals' lead to 5-2.
Jedd Gyorko hit his 10th home run of the season to open the fourth. The shot to
left field gave the Cardinals a 3-0 lead.
St. Louis took an early lead after Ozuna followed Yadier Molina's single and a
double from Jose Martinez with a hard grounder up the middle.
The Brewers threatened a comeback in the eighth. They loaded the bases against
Jordan Hicks, and Jesus Aguilar hit a two-run single to pull the score to 3-2
with one out. But Travis Shaw fouled out to left field and Jonathan Schoop's
flair to shallow center field was snagged by shortstop Paul DeJong.
Cardinals 1B Matt Carpenter was issued an intentional walk in the seventh and
has reached base in 35 consecutive games. It's the longest such streak in the
Brewers: OF Eric Thames was removed from the game before the bottom of the
third inning with a sore right knee. The right fielder collided with center
fielder Lorenzo Cain while making a catch in the bottom of the first. ... C
Manny Pina was held out of Friday's game as a precaution following a collision
with the Cubs' Javier Baez on Wednesday. Manager Craig Counsell said Pina
should be available for the remainder of the weekend series, but wanted to
provide another day of rest for his left shoulder that was hurt when he dove
back into second against the Cubs.
Cardinals: RHP Carlos Martinez (right shoulder strain) continues his rehab
assignment and was available to work out of the Double-A Springfield bullpen on
Friday. The Cardinals announced earlier in the week that Martinez, typically a
starter, would serve as a reliever when he returns to St. Louis. The Cardinals
hope to have him back next week . IF Yairo Munoz (right wrist sprain) begins
his rehabilitation assignment in Springfield on Saturday. . RHP Michael Wacha
(left oblique strain) is headed to Palm Beach, Florida to begin a rehab
assignment. He went on the DL on June 21.
Braves: LHP Wade Miley (2-1, 2.23) looks for his first win since he went seven
innings July 21 in a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. It was his
longest outing of the season.
Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (12-3, 2.85) has won five consecutive games. He
went seven innings in each of his last three starts and the Cardinals have lost
just one of the past eight games in which he started.
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