Thursday, October 30, 2014

Brewers stay hot

ST. LOUIS—Khris Davis easily could have just called it a day after striking out four times.
Instead, the Milwaukee Brewers’ outfielder got one more chance—and came through.

Davis hit a run-scoring triple in the 12th inning to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 5-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals last night.
“It was tough,” Davis said. “But there was no doubt I still wanted to be in that situation.”
Davis drove in Jonathan Lucroy, who had doubled off Seth Maness (0-2) to start the inning.
Mark Reynolds then drove in Davis with a sacrifice fly.
Davis, who finished 1-for-6, struck out in the second, fifth, sixth, and 10th innings.
“It’s hard to find the positive after a tough start in the game,” Davis admitted.
“But you know it’s there. You just have to look hard to find it,” he stressed.
Davis found it by ripping a two-strike pitch down the right-field line.
Zach Duke (2-0) picked up the win with two innings of scoreless relief while Francisco Rodriguez recorded his 12th save in as many opportunities by getting Jhonny Peralta to fly out with two on to end the game.
Milwaukee, which leads the majors with 19 wins, has won four of five and eight of 10 overall.
The Brewers also improved to 10-1 on the road—despite being without outfielder Ryan Braun (oblique strain) and shortstop Jean Segura (bruised cheek).
Both were listed as day-to-day.
Allen Craig and Matt Holliday hit solo homers in the sixth inning off Brewers’ starter Yovani Gallardo to give St. Louis a 3-0 lead.
Holliday, who leads the team with 16 RBIs, also drove in Matt Carpenter with a first-inning single for St. Louis, which now has lost four of six.
The Brewers lost 14-of-19 to St. Louis last season and dropped three of the first four before yesterday’s victory.
“This win was huge,” said manager Ron Roenicke said.
“We got some big hits and we hung in there and battled.”
Reynolds, meanwhile, was very pleased with the way the team rallied from a 3-0 deficit.
“It’s the sign of a good team to come back and win a game that maybe you weren’t supposed to win,” he said.
“Big for the team, big for our confidence.”
Elsewhere in the NL, Colorado beat Arionza 8-5 and San Diego downed San Francisco 6-4.
Chicago at Cincinnati was postponed
Over in the AL, Oakland blanked Texas 4-0, Chicago beat Tampa Bay 7-3, and L.A. doubled Cleveland 6-3.

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