09/24 23:32 CDT Molina leads Cards over Brewers 4-2 to open key 5-game set
Molina leads Cards over Brewers 4-2 to open key 5-game set
By WARREN MAYES
ST. LOUIS (AP) --- Yadier Molina singled twice to reach 2,000 career hits and
the St. Louis Cardinals began a five-game series between playoff contenders by
beating the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 Thursday night.
Rookie Dylan Carlson homered, doubled and drove in three runs as the Cardinals
(28-26) kept their slim lead over Cincinnati (29-28) for second place in the NL
Central. St. Louis trails division leader Chicago by 2 1/2 games.
Milwaukee (27-29) missed a chance to move up in the wild-card standings. The
Brewers and Cardinals play four more times this weekend, including a
St. Louis starter Kwang Hyun Kim (3-0) went five innings to pick up the win. He
allowed five hits and just one run in his seventh career start. Andrew Miller
got the final two outs --- both on strikeouts --- to record his fourth save.
Corbin Burnes (4-1), who began the day with a 1.77 ERA, left the game with
lower back discomfort in the fourth inning. He pitched 3 2/3 innings, allowing
three runs and six hits.
Molina singled in the second inning and again in the seventh, and became the
12th catcher in major league history to reach the 2,000-hit mark.
Molina is the sixth player to collect 2,000 hits with the Cardinals, joining
Stan Musial, Lou Brock, Rogers Hornsby, Enos Slaughter and Albert Pujols.
Carlson, the No. 1 St. Louis prospect, gave the Cardinals a 3-1 lead with a
two-run homer in the fourth after Dexter Fowler drew a one-out walk.
The scenario almost repeated itself in the sixth. Fowler walked and Carlson
just missed a homer, doubling off the wall in left.
The switch-hitting Carlson reached the majors as the Cardinals returned from a
COVID-19 quarantine in August. he outfielder was hitting .169 when he was sent
to the alternate training site Sept. 15.
The 21-year-old Carlson, who hit 47 homers in five minor league seasons,
returned Sept. 19 to St. Louis.
The Brewers scored in the fourth on a two-out, RBI single by Tyrone Taylor and
added a run in the ninth on a single by pinch-hitter Eric Sogard.
St. Louis took a 1-0 lead in the third on a single by Paul Goldschmidt.
Milwaukee placed RHP Freddy Peralta (3-1, 3.29) on the paternity list. Peralta
and his wife are awaiting the birth of their first child. The reliever has 44
strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings. To replace Peralta, the Brewers recalled LHP Eric
Brewers: Ryan Braun, who got a day off Wednesday for a sore back, was back in
the lineup Thursday. He was the DH and hit second.
Cardinals: RHP Carlos Martinez (left oblique strain) was put on the injured
list. He departed Wednesday's game in Kansas City with two runners on and
nobody out in the sixth. The right-hander is not likely to pitch again in 2020
even if the Cardinals make a deep run in the playoffs.
Brewers: RHP Josh Lindblom (2-3, 4.81) will start Game 1 of the doubleheader.
It will be his second start of 2020 against the Cardinals. He started at Miller
Park in Game 1 of the Sept. 14 doubleheader, allowing three hits but receiving
no-decision in the 2-1, 8-inning win. The Game 2 starter has not been announced.
Cardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty (4-2, 4.84)will start Game 1 and RHP Daniel Ponce
de Leon (0-3, 5.74) will start Game 2. Flaherty makes his 12th career start
against the Brewers, his most against any MLB opponent. In his last start
against Milwaukee on Sept. 15, Flaherty allowed a career-high nine runs on
eight hits in three innings as the Brewers went on to win 15-3.
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