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Cardinals outlast Brewers


ST LOUIS (WSAU-TSN) Kolten Wong highlighted an offensive attack that provided Justin Masterson plenty of support in his St. Louis debut and powered the Cardinals to a 9-7 win over the Milwaukee Brewers at Busch Stadium.

Wong homered among his three hits and had three RBI for the Cardinals, who are two games behind the NL Central-leading Brewers.

Masterson (1-0), acquired from Cleveland on Wednesday, gave up five runs on seven hits and three walks in six innings. It was his first action since a DL stint for right knee inflammation.

Ryan Braun and Scooter Gennett both had two RBI for Milwaukee, which saw starter Kyle Lohse (11-6) get tagged for nine runs -- seven earned -- on nine hits and three walks in four-plus innings.

The Brewers threatened in the ninth against St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal.

After Jean Segura led off with a first-pitch double to right field, Elian Herrera appeared to have been hit by a pitch. The Cardinals, however, challenged the play and it was overturned.

Segura advanced on a Herrera groundout to second, but Rosenthal struck out Carlos Gomez and trade-deadline addition Gerardo Parra swinging to end the game and earn his 33rd save of the season.

The Brewers got a run in the first inning when Parra scored on a two-out single by Aramis Ramirez. Parra had walked and stole second before Ramirez ripped a Masterson pitch down the third-base line.

St. Louis quickly tied the game in the bottom of the first with a homer to center field from Wong, then sent nine men to the plate while scoring five second-inning runs -- four with two outs.

The Cardinals grabbed the lead on Jhonny Peralta's leadoff blast to left- center field. Lohse retired the next two batters, but loaded the bases on two walks sandwiched around a Masterson single. Wong hit a two-run single to right and came around on an error after his baserunning drew a throw to third on Matt Holliday's RBI single.

Milwaukee trimmed its deficit to 6-4 in the fourth. Braun and Ramirez opened the inning with consecutive singles and a bobble on a comebacker to the mound cost Masterson a double play.

After Lyle Overbay walked to load the bases with one out, Gennett ripped a two-run double to the gap in left-center field and Segura hit an RBI groundout to third.

The Cardinals restored their three-run lead in the home fourth when Tony Cruz evaded catcher Jonathan Lucroy's tag and scored on Matt Carpenter's sacrifice fly to left.

Milwaukee closed to within two again on a Braun RBI groundout in the fifth, but Oscar Taveras plated a pair with a bases-loaded double in the bottom of the frame to make it 9-5.

Kevin Siegrist relieved Masterson to begin the seventh and gave up an RBI double to Gomez, who swiped third and scored on Braun's grounder to short.