Cardinals blank Brewers

Milwaukee, WI ( – Jason Heyward and Jhonny Peralta both hit
solo home runs to back a solid start from Carlos Martinez as the St. Louis
Cardinals downed the punchless Milwaukee Brewers 3-0 in the opener of a three-
game series.

Martinez (2-0) lasted a career-high seven innings, struck out eight and
scattered four hits and two walks to pick up the win.

Yadier Molina plated a run with a groundout in the second inning, and Heyward
and Peralta took Matt Garza deep in the third and sixth frames, respectively.

Garza (1-3) posted a quality start but got little help from his teammates. He
was charged with three runs on seven hits over six innings.

The Brewers snapped an eight-game losing streak on Thursday and were looking
to win consecutive games for the first time this season. Instead they were
shut out for the third time and fell to an MLB-worst 3-14.

Milwaukee ran itself out of several innings. Ryan Braun was doubled off on a
delayed tag-up in the first, and Garza was thrown out on an attempted steal
that went awry in the third. Garza worked a walk leading off the inning and
moved to second on a single before both runners broke on the first pitch of
the next at-bat, but Gerardo Parra pulled back his bunt attempt and Garza was
thrown out at third.

All told, the Brewers went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and
stranded five.

Martinez retired 10 of the final 11 hitters he faced, Jordan Walden threw a
1-2-3 eighth and Trevor Rosenthal closed out the Cardinals’ eighth win in
nine games with a perfect ninth. Rosenthal picked up his seventh save.

Game Notes

Molina exited the game for precautionary reasons after taking a foul ball off
his right knee guard in the fourth inning … Peralta recorded three of St.
Louis’ eight hits … Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter went 2-for-5 and
extended his hitting streak to 11 games.