Lackey, Cardinals blank Brewers

St. Louis, MO ( – John Lackey tossed seven scoreless innings
and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-0 in the rubber match
of a three-game series on Thursday.

Lackey (1-0) gave up five hits while striking out eight and walking one for
the Cardinals, who have won four of five. Jordan Walden and Matt Belisle each
pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

Yadier Molina, Matt Carpenter, Mark Reynolds and Matt Holliday had one RBI
apiece for St. Louis, which pounded out 11 hits.

Mike Fiers (0-2) allowed two runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings for the
Brewers, who fell to 2-7 on the young season. The right-hander struck out four
and walked one.

The Brewers left men on first and second in the third, fourth and fifth.

The Cardinals scored a pair of runs in the sixth to break a scoreless tie.
Carpenter doubled to right-center field and crossed the plate on Holliday’s
single up the middle. Holliday stole second, moved to third on Jhonny
Peralta’s single and raced home on Reynolds’ double to center. On the play,
Peralta was thrown out at the plate.

Carpenter doubled home Kolten Wong in the seventh. Molina added an RBI single
in the eighth.

Game Notes

The Brewers went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight
… The Cardinals continue a six-game homestand with three games against the
Reds starting Friday … Milwaukee heads to Pittsburgh this weekend for three