The offense delivered last night to give Justin Masterson his first St. Louis Cardinals win as the club won 9-7 over the Milwaukee Brewers.
After giving up a run in the first inning, the Cardinals evened it up in the bottom of the first when Kolten Wong hit a solo shot to center field for his seventh home run of the season. Wong ultimately had three hits on the night with two runs and three runs batted in. Wong is hitting .247 this season but hit a dismal .103 in June before rebounding with a .284 batting average in July. It’s two games but Wong is off to a .300 average this month.
Facing former Cardinals pitcher Kyle Lohse, the Cardinals were offense-heavy in the bottom of the second inning when they scored five runs to give Masterson heavy run support.
Jhonny Peralta led off the second inning with a solo home run to give the Cardinals a 2-1 lead. Two quick outs later, the Cardinals went on a run. Tony Cruz walked, Masterson singled, and Matt Carpenter loaded the bases for a two-out walk. Wong singled, scoring Cruz and Masterson. Matt Holliday singled, scoring Carpenter and Wong. Just like that, the Cards led 6-1 over the Brew Crew.
The Brewers came back in the fourth inning to score three runs and shrinking the Cardinals lead to 6-4.
Carpenter’s sac fly in the bottom of the fourth scored Cruz for some breathing room and a 7-4 lead.
The Brewers added a fifth run in the fifth, making it 7-5.
However, Oscar Taveras did some damage in the bottom frame. He doubled on a liner to center that scored both Holliday and and Matt Adams. This gave the Cards a 9-4 lead and that’s all the team would need as the Brewers scored two more runs on the rest of the night.
Masterson pitched 6 innings in his Cardinals debut. He allowed five runs on seven hits. He walked three and struck out four. He moves to 5-6 this season with a 5.63 ERA.