Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

St. Louis leads 1-0 (as of 4/14)

Game 1: Monday, April 14
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Game 2: Tuesday, April 15
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Game 3: Wednesday, April 16
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Cardinals 7

(7-5, 4-3 away)

Brewers 5

(4-9, 0-4 home)

    8:05 PM ET, April 14, 2003

    Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

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    W: B. Tomko (1-1)

    L: T. Ritchie (1-1)

    S: S. Kline (3)

    Cardinals keep Brewers winless at Miller Park

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Orlando Palmeiro's big hits hurt the Milwaukee Brewers in more ways than one.

    Orlando Palmeiro
    Palmeiro

    He tied his career high with four RBI as the St. Louis Cardinals kept the Brewers winless at home with a 7-5 victory Monday night.

    Milwaukee right fielder Jeffrey Hammonds left with a jammed right ankle after trying to rob Palmeiro of his solo homer in the fourth.

    And right-hander Todd Ritchie joined Hammonds in the training room an inning later after Palmeiro's two-run double sent the pitcher to the clubhouse complaining of fatigue in his right shoulder.

    Both will be evaluated Tuesday and can only hope history doesn't repeat itself.

    Ritchie missed the last two months of last season with bursitis in the same shoulder, and Hammonds hasn't been able to stay healthy since signing the richest contract in club history -- a $21.75 million deal in 2001.

    "Hopefully, it's not long for either of them,'' Brewers manager Ned Yost said.

    Thanks to Palmeiro's four RBI, Brett Tomko (1-1) survived a shaky start to send Milwaukee to an 0-4 mark at Miller Park, and 0-4 against St. Louis. He gave up five earned runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.

    Cardinals left fielder Albert Pujols left after being hit in his right thumb by a fastball thrown by Curtis Leskanic in the seventh. X-rays were negative and he is day-to-day.

    "I hope he's OK,'' manager Tony La Russa said. "He got blasted pretty good.''

    After giving up nine earned runs in his last start, at Colorado on Wednesday, Tomko allowed three runs in the first before settling in.

    Steve Kline got one out for his third save in four opportunities.

    Palmeiro had a sacrifice fly in the second, a solo homer in the fourth and a two-run double in the fifth that made it 5-3 and chased Ritchie (1-1), who went to the clubhouse complaining about his right shoulder.

    "It started feeling like it was getting really tired really fast,'' he said. "We'll come in again tomorrow, but I don't see any reason for alarm.''

    The Brewers do.

    The 31-year-old right-hander missed the last two months of last season with bursitis in his right shoulder after going 5-15 with a 6.06 ERA for the Chicago White Sox.

    Ritchie fell to 1-8 in nine career starts against the Cardinals. He allowed six runs on 11 hits, walked three, hit a batter, threw a wild pitch and surrendered two homers in 4 2/3 innings.

    Hammonds was hurt when his cleats got stuck in the right-center field wall as he leaped and missed Palmeiro's homer by an inch or two.

    "Let's just say it would have been a great catch,'' Hammonds said. "I look back on that play, that's one of those, would I do it again? Of course, I try to catch everything that comes at me.''

    After John Foster replaced Ritchie, Palmeiro scored from second, making it 6-3 when second baseman Eric Young booted Miguel Cairo's groundball and threw past third baseman Wes Helms for a double error.

    Mike Matheny's RBI single off Foster made it 7-4 in the sixth.

    The Brewers blew a chance to put the game away in the first.

    Alex Sanchez and Eric Young hit back-to-back doubles and Tomko walked Hammonds, who was hitting .167, with the bases loaded to force in another run. Cairo, filling in for Fernando Vina (hand) at second base, botched a potential double play bouncer, allowing Richie Sexson to score and make it 3-0.

    But with the bases full and nobody out, Tomko struck out Keith Osik and got Royce Clayton to ground into a double play.

    "Our pitchers know that if they don't give in, our club's not going to give in,'' La Russa said.

    Sanchez came within a few feet of his first career cycle, flying out to deep center field in the sixth for a sacrifice fly while needing his second career homer to accomplish the feat.

    Scott Rolen homered off Ritchie in the third and Palmeiro added a solo shot, his first of the year, in the fourth to tie it at 3. Geoff Jenkins homered off Tomko in the fifth to make it 6-4.

    Game notes


    The Cardinals stranded 16 runners. ... Palmeiro also knocked in four runs against Tampa Bay on Sept. 3, 2002. ... Former Milwaukee Braves outfielder Andy Pafko threw out the first pitch. Before the game, he played the accordion for a crowd gathered outside Miller Park to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Milwaukee Braves' first home game. ... Helms snapped an 0-for-17 skid with a fifth-inning single.

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