Jake Westbrook allowed on run on six hits and struck out four over six innings as the St. Louis Cardinals edged the Milwaukee Brewers 6-5 in the opening game of a four game series at Miller Park. The victory is Westbrook’s second of the season and the 100th of his career.
Allen Craig and Pete Kozma each drove in two runs during a six-run, third inning for St. Louis, who have now won seven of their last ten games. Yadier Molina and David Freese each had two hits and an RBI in the win. The Cardinals bullpen almost cost Westbrook another win. Joe Kelly allowed a pair of runs on two hits in 2/3 of an inning in relief of the St. Louis starter. Mitchell Boggs issued a pair of walks on 13 pitches in the 7th inning before being pulled in favor of Trevor Rosenthal. The Cardinals flame thrower allowed an unearned run in one and 1/3 innings to tab his eighth hold of the year. De facto closer Edward Mujica allowed a run for the third consecutive day but stranded the tying run on base to earn his seventh save of the season.
Ryan Braun and Carlos Gomez each had two hits and an RBI in support of starter Wily Peralta, who falls to 2-2 after allowing six runs on 11 hits in four and 1/3 innings of work. Jean Segura Martin Maldano and Alex Gonzalez also plated runs for the Brewers who have dropped five of their last eight games.
St. Louis and Milwaukee will continue their four-game set tomorrow at Miller Park. Shelby Miller will be on the mound for the Cardinals while the Brewers counter with Kyle Lohse. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.