Brox­ton’s hero­ics lift Mil­wau­kee over Car­di­nals

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL -

MIL­WAU­KEE — Keon Brox­ton did a lit­tle bit of ev­ery­thing for the Brew­ers on Thurs­day.

Brox­ton drove in the go-ahead run and saved a run with a leap­ing catch, Matt Garza made a strong start in his re­turn from the dis­abled list, and Mil­wau­kee beat the St. Louis Car­di­nals 2-1.

Brox­ton, who robbed Jose Martinez of a homer in the sec­ond when he stretched his glove atop the cen­ter field wall, gave Mil­wau­kee a 2-1 lead with a sin­gle in the fifth off re­liever Brett Ce­cil (1-4).

"It was awe­some to be able to come out to­day and do some­thing good for the team," Brox­ton said. "I'm just try­ing to make plays. That's my job. It's huge for my con­fi­dence, it's huge for the team's con­fi­dence. It's a win-win sit­u­a­tion for ev­ery­one."

Garza (5-5), mak­ing his first start since July 21 be­cause of a right leg strain, gave up one earned run on four hits in 52/3 in­nings to give sec­ond-place Mil­wau­kee its first home se­ries win over St. Louis since July 2012. The Brew­ers, try­ing to stay close to first-place Chicago in the NL Cen­tral, won for just the fifth time in their last 17 games.

Kolten Wong missed a ty­ing home run by a few feet when his drive to right-cen­ter bounced off the wall in the eighth. He was stranded at sec­ond when An­thony Swarzak re­tired Tommy Pham on a ground­out and Matt Car­pen­ter on a fly­out.

Corey Knebel worked the ninth and struck out Greg Gar­cia with run­ners on first and sec­ond to earn his 20th save in 25 op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Car­di­nals starter Michael Wacha al­lowed one run on five hits in four in­nings. With the game tied at 1 in the fifth and run­ners on first and third, man­ager Mike Ma­theny pulled Wacha for pinch-hit­ter Luke Voit, who hit into an in­ning-end­ing dou­ble play.

"We have to take a shot, es­pe­cially when you can see we weren't get­ting many op­por­tu­ni­ties up un­til that point," Ma­theny said. "He was av­er­ag­ing 20 pitches per in­ning, so he was only go­ing one more in­ning. We had guys like Ce­cil that needed to pitch."

Wacha's only blem­ish was Je­sus Aguilar's homer to left in the third. Aguilar's drive was his 11th this sea­son, and he home­red in con­sec­u­tive games for the first time in his ca­reer.

Ce­cil re­tired the first two bat­ters in the fifth but then gave up three con­sec­u­tive sin­gles. Brox­ton's hit drove in Travis Shaw, who went 2-for-4 af­ter get­ting just two hits in his pre­vi­ous 19 at-bats.

Garza re­tired 12 of his first 13 bat­ters to im­prove to 2-0 against St. Louis this sea­son.

"I thought Matt was very ef­fi­cient through four in­nings," Mil­wau­kee man­ager Craig Coun­sell said. DI­A­MOND­BACKS 10, CUBS 8 Paul Gold­schmidt hit his third long homer of the game to snap a ninth-in­ning tie, and Ari­zona pulled out a rain-de­layed vic­tory over Chicago. Gold­schmidt drove a 3-2 pitch from Wade Davis (2-1) deep into the right-cen­ter bleach­ers with one out. J.D. Martinez fol­lowed with an­other solo drive off the All-Star closer. ROCK­IES 5, METS 4 Nolan Are­nado walked with the bases loaded in the bot­tom of the ninth in­ning to give Colorado a win over New York. Char­lie Black­mon and Mark Reynolds home­red for the Rock­ies, who main­tained a 51/2-game lead over Mil­wau­kee for the sec­ond NL wild card.


IN­DI­ANS 5, YAN­KEES 1 Corey Klu­ber up­staged Sonny Gray’s de­but for New York by pitch­ing a three-hit­ter and lead­ing the Cleve­land In­di­ans to a win over the sloppy Yan­kees. Klu­ber (9-3) struck out 11 and Cleve­land’s ace threw his third com­plete game this sea­son as the de­fend­ing AL cham­pi­ons won the opener of a four-game se­ries with a po­ten­tial play­off op­po­nent, end­ing their los­ing streak at three.

RANGERS 4, TWINS 1 Joey Gallo hit an­other mas­sive homer, a three-run shot in the fourth in­ning that spurred the Texas Rangers on to a vic­tory over the Min­nesota Twins. A.J. Grif­fin (5-2) made his first start in more than two months, giv­ing up one run on two hits over six in­nings in a re­sound­ing re­turn from a mus­cle strain around his chest. He last started on May 26 and last won on May 9.

RAYS 5, ASTROS 3 Steven Souza Jr. home­red and drove in three runs, Corey Dick­er­son added three hits and made a daz­zling de­fen­sive play to pre­serve the lead, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Hous­ton Astros. The Rays have won three in a row since drop­ping the se­ries opener 14-7, and it’s the first time Hous­ton has lost three in a row since June 11-13.

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