Fowler drives in 4 in Cardinals win over Brewers

The Saline Courier - - SPORTS - By War­ren Mayes AP Writer

ST. LOUIS — Dex­ter Fowler was fo­cused more on his team get­ting a win rather than his own pro­duc­tion.

Fowler hit a bases­loaded dou­ble and drove in four runs, lead­ing the St. Louis Cardinals past the Mil­wau­kee Brewers 9-4 on Tues­day night in the sec­ond game of the se­ries be­tween NL Cen­tral con­tenders.

“It’s awe­some to win games like this,” Fowler said. “Any time you get di­vi­sion wins against a top-tier team in your di­vi­sion, that’s a plus.”

Tyler Webb (1-1) earned his first ma­jor-league vic­tory with one-third in­ning of work

in his 79th ca­reer game. He struck out pitch-hit­ter Ben Gamel on four pitches. Six Cardinals com­bined to throw 170 pitches in the game.

The Cardinals have won nine of their last 11 games, while the Brewers have lost six of their last eight. St. Louis re­mained in first place by a half-game over the Chicago Cubs, who beat San Fran­cisco 5-3. Third-place Mil­wau­kee is four games back.

St. Louis broke the game open with a four-run sixth against three Mil­wau­kee re­liev­ers. Jeremy Jef­fress (3-4) loaded the bases. Alex Clau­dio came in and struck out Kolten Wong. Ju­nior Guerra en­tered and walked Harrison Bader, who was

re­called ear­lier in the day. Af­ter strik­ing out pinch-hit­ter Matt Car­pen­ter, Fowler hit a 3-2 pitch into short left field that fell be­tween three Brewers for a dou­ble and a 5-2 lead.

“That was a huge play play,” Cardinals man­ager Mike Shildt said. “I knew it had a chance and that it was fall­ing fast. We got the carousel go­ing. And we kept adding on from there.”

The Brewers be­lieved the ball should have been caught.

“That was a tough ball to get to but I think we need to make that play,” Mil­wau­kee short­stop Orlando Ar­cia said. “I think that was the play of the game. If we make that play, ev­ery­thing changes. Some­body has to call that ball.”

Mil­wau­kee man­ager

Craig Coun­sell agreed.

“Fowler just hit it be­tween

our guys,” Coun­sell said. “We didn’t catch the ball and they scored a bunch of runs. Three guys go­ing for it and no­body could get to it.”

Wong hit a two-run sin­gle in the sev­enth, mak­ing it

7-2. The Cardinals added two more runs when Fowler and Tommy Ed­man drew bases-loaded walks.

Mil­wau­kee went ahead

2-1 in the sixth. A two-out, run-scor­ing sin­gle by Eric Thames off re­liever John Gant was charged to rookie Ryan Hel­s­ley, who pitched 1 1/3 in­nings. Gant al­lowed back-to-back sin­gles by Her­nan Perez and Orlando Ar­cia for the sec­ond run be­fore giv­ing way to Webb.

Yadier Molina drove in the Cardinals’ first run, scor­ing Mar­cell Ozuna in the fourth. St. Louis then loaded the bases with two outs. Lane Thomas hit for starter Michael Wacha but

flew out to cen­ter.

“That’s life in the Na­tional League I guess,” Wacha said. “You don’t know how many op­por­tu­ni­ties you’ll get in a game and that was his de­ci­sion to make.

Ob­vi­ously, I was feel­ing good out there.”

Wacha struck out five, al­low­ing three hits and a walk in throw­ing 73 pitches.

Mil­wau­kee scored its fi­nal two runs in the eighth.

WALK THIS WAY

Six Mil­wau­kee pitchers com­bined for nine walks. It was the most walks the Cardinals, who stranded 10 run­ners, have re­ceived in a game this sea­son.

JEFF ROBERSON/ AP

St. Louis Cardinals’ Dex­ter Fowler watches his three­run dou­ble dur­ing the sixth in­ning of the team’s base­ball game against the Mil­wau­kee Brewers on Tues­day, Aug. 20, 2019, in St. Louis.

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