Kolb pitched out of a ninth-inning jam to earn a team-record
38th save, leading the Brewers over the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4
Tuesday night to stop Milwaukee's seven-game losing streak.
"After the year is over I'll have more time to sit around and
think about it," said Kolb, eligible for free agency after the
World Series. "Who knows how long it will last if I leave?"
Victor Santos (11-11) allowed two runs and four hits in six
innings to win for the second time in 12 starts since July 16.
Since beating the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in July, his only
previous win was against the Cubs on Aug. 17.
"To me it was more important that we got a win, and stopped a
losing streak," he said.
Jason Marquis (14-6) gave up four runs -- three earned -- and
eight hits in five innings.
"They hit several balls hard," St. Louis manager Tony La Russa
said. "He could've had better pitcher's luck on some other
The Cardinals, who clinched their third NL Central title in five
years on Saturday, rested five of their eight regular position
Dave Krynzel, the Brewers' No. 1 pick in the 2000 amateur draft,
hit leadoff and had two singles and a double. He also made a
leaping catch at the center-field wall in the third to rob Luna of
a home run.
"Making a catch like that is unbelievable to me," he said. "I
really get a lot of joy from that."
Milwaukee's 18-45 record since the All-Star break has ensured
the Brewers (63-86) of their 12th consecutive losing season and a
likely last-place finish in the NL Central.
"The second half has been a big disappointment to all of us,
but to finish on a good note would be a lot better than not
finishing on a good note," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said.
Santos had his first major league RBI in the fourth, an RBI
St. Louis closed to 6-4 on Anderson's homer and a wild pitch by
Matt Wise with a runner on third.
Cardinals RF Larry Walker was a late scratch from the
starting lineup due to shin splints. ... Besides Walker and Scott
Rolen, who has missed 10 games with a strained upper calf and
bruised left shin, the Cardinals' starting lineup didn't include
regular OF Reggie Sanders, SS Edgar Renteria and C Mike Matheny. In
the ninth inning, Sanders struck out as a pinch hitter and Walker
had a pinch-hit single. ... Brewers 1B Lyle Overbay was out of the
starting lineup for the second consecutive night, but he pinch-hit
in the seventh. He is in a 2-for-26 slump. ... Womack singled in
the sixth, extending his hitting streak to 14 games.