Late throwing error lifts Cardinals to 6-5 win over Brewers

Associated Press

August 30, 2016

St. Louis Cardinals' Stephen Piscotty slides safely back to third under the tag of Milwaukee Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado after being caught in a rundown during the fourth inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, in Milwaukee.

MILWAUKEE  Stephen Piscotty scored on a throwing error in the ninth inning after Carlos Martinez struck out a career-high 13, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Milwaukee Brewers 6-5 on Monday night.

With two on and nobody out in the ninth, Yadier Molina dropped down a bunt. Reliever Tyler Thornburg (5-5) threw to third base for a force out, but Jonathan Villar's throw to first was wild, allowing Piscotty to score.

After Martinez held Milwaukee to one run over six innings, the Brewers scored four runs in the seventh to take a 5-3 lead. St. Louis tied it in the eighth on a two-run homer by Randal Grichuk off Corey Knebel.

Milwaukee Brewers' Scooter Gennett tosses his bat after striking out to end the third inning.

Seung Hwan Oh pitched a perfect ninth for his 14th save. Miguel Socolovich (1-0) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings to pick up his first win.

Jedd Gyorko and Kolten Wong each hit solo home runs for the Cardinals.

Martinez allowed four hits and walked two while throwing 98 pitches. He's allowed exactly one run in three straight starts.

Orlando Arcia began the four-run seventh with a homer off Matt Bowman. Villar had an RBI double, and then Milwaukee went ahead on an RBI infield single by Scooter Gennett. The Brewers sent 10 batters to the plate against three relievers during the inning.

St. Louis Cardinals' Stephen Piscotty reacts as he scores from second on a wild throw on a bunt by Yadier Molina during the ninth inning.

The Cardinals took the lead on a sacrifice fly by Wong in the fourth. Gyorko homered in the fifth and Wong hit a solo shot in the fifth for a 3-1 advantage.

Brewers starter Zach Davies (10-7) matched his career high with nine strikeouts but gave up three runs and seven hits over 6 1/3 innings.


The Cardinals recalled LHP Dean Kiekhefer from Triple-A Memphis to fill the roster spot of RHP Mike Leake, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Milwaukee Brewers' Scooter Gennett can't handle the throw as St. Louis Cardinals' Kolten Wong steals second during the eighth inning.


Cardinals: Leake's placement on the disabled list is retroactive to Aug. 22. He is eligible to return Sept. 6. With Leake sidelined, rookie RHP Alex Reyes will remain in the rotation for at least one more turn.

Brewers: Brewers RHP Junior Guerra (right elbow) will return from the disabled list to start Friday in Pittsburgh.


Cardinals: RHP Adam Wainwright (9-8, 4.67 ERA) will look to continue his career dominance of the Brewers on Tuesday. The veteran is 13-8 with a 2.23 ERA in 33 games against Milwaukee.

Brewers: RHP Wily Peralta (5-9, 5.87) will make his 18th start of the season when he faces the Cardinals on Tuesday. Peralta is 1-2 with a 3.52 ERA in four starts since being recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Aug. 8.