Sean Halton had a career-high three RBI, two in a pivotal five-run fourth inning, and the Milwaukee Brewers got their first win in six tries over the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park this season with a 6-3 decision on Tuesday night.
Kyle Lohse (9-8) worked six solid innings to earn his first win against his former team since signing with the Brewers as a free agent in March.
In Monday night’s 8-5 loss, the Crew forged ahead and watched the Cardinals storm back with a four-run eighth inning. On Tuesday, it was Milwaukee’s turn to come from behind.
In the top of the fourth, Carlos Beltran led off with a single and Molina followed by hammering a hanging breaking ball from Lohse into the seats in left field. Molina’s 10th homer of the season gave St. Louis a 3-0 lead and gave Molina his sixth hit in seven at-bats in the series up to that point.
The Brewers stormed back in the bottom of the fourth.
Consecutive singles by Jonathan Lucroy and Aramis Ramirez started the inning and Khris Davis loaded the bases when Cardinal starter Lance Lynn couldn’t field his comebacker.
Scooter Gennett lined a single up the middle to move everyone up 90 feet and put the Crew on the board. Halton followed with another line single to center to score Ramirez and Davis to tie the game.
Schafer blooped a single into shallow left field and Gennett, at second base, got a terrific read on the play, scoring easily to give Milwaukee a 4-3 lead. After Lohse sacrificed the runners into scoring position, Norichika Aoki chased Matt Holliday back to the warning track in left field with a fly ball that was deep enough to plate Halton for a 5-3 lead.
With two gone in the fifth, Davis singled, went to second on a walk to Gennett and scored on Halton’s single to center.
Halton came into the game with two major-league RBI in 50 plate appearances. He more than doubled that on Tuesday, going 2-for-3 with a walk and driving in three runs.
Lohse battled through six innings, allowing three runs on six hits, walking two and striking out four. John Axford worked a scoreless seventh.
Then manager Ron Roenicke turned the ball over to Brandon Kintzler to start the eighth. It was Kintzler who took his first loss of the season on Monday, surrendering four runs on six hits while recording just two outs in the eighth inning, while throwing 31 pitches.
Beltran led off with a double down the left-field line. But Kintzler shut the inning down right there, getting Molina to bounce out, striking out Adams looking and retiring David Freese on a comebacker.
Jim Henderson picked up his 19th save, working around a walk in the ninth.
Lynn (13-7) surrendered six runs, four earned, on nine hits in his six innings of work, walking three and striking out two. Tyler Lyons pitched two scoreless innings for the Cardinals.
St. Louis came into the game batting .329 with runners in scoring position, but was just 1-for-7 in those situations Tuesday. Conversely, Milwaukee came in hitting just .239 with runners in scoring position but was 4-for-9 Tuesday night.
The Brewers will go for the series win, which would be their first of the season against the Cardinals, on Wednesday afternoon. Tom Gorzelanny (3-4) starts for Milwaukee against Jake Westbrook (7-8) for St. Louis. Game time is 1:10 p.m. Central and the game will not be televised regionally.
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