The St. Louis Cardinals rallied from an early 6-0 deficit to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-6, handing them their sixth straight loss. In a big series between the top two teams in the NL Central right before the All-Star Break, the Cardinals pulled within just one game of the Brewers for first place. The win brings the Cardinals’ record to 51-43, with a chance take over first place in the next two games against the Brewers.
Joe Kelly and Cardinals got off to a rough start against the rival Brewers, giving up nine base runners and six runs in the first three innings. Brewers pitcher, Yovani Gallardo didn’t run into trouble until he met up with Matt Adams in the fourth inning. Adams hit a two-run shot for his 11th home run of the season and RBIs 39 and 40.
Kolten Wong continued his onslaught since his return from the disabled list with a solo home run in the sixth inning. He now has four home runs in his last six game as it looks like Wong is trying to ignite the offense. Shortly after Wong sent a home run deep into the seats, Jhonny Peralta sent a two-run shot in the same inning to bring the Cardinals within one.
Oscar Taveras added an RBI to tie the game up at Six runs apiece. Then in the ninth inning, Matt Holliday completed the St. Louis Cardinals comeback with a solo home run off of Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez. The home run is only the sixth of the season for the Cardinals’ veteran left fielder, but came at a crucial moment. The Cardinals went on to win and pull within a game of the Brewers for first place, as Trevor Rosenthal recorded his 28th save of the season.
An exciting win takes the Cardinals to game two of the three game series and will send ace Adam Wainwright to the mound. Wainwright will look to pull his club even with the Milwaukee Brewers. St. Louis looks like they are starting to wake up a little bit as the All-Star Break draws near, even without their star catcher. If the Cardinals can somehow win or sweep the series against the Brewers, it would be a great way to end the first half of the season and look forward to the second half.
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