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Cardinals erupt for six runs n fourth, down Brewers

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals were too tough to give
up after two innings.

Scott Spiezio drove in three runs in a six-run fourth inning and
the Cardinals overcame a 6-0 deficit to beat the Milwaukee Brewers
10-6 on Friday night, snapping a three-game losing streak.

"We're confident that we're tough enough between the ears that
we're going to play nine," St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said.
"Being down six, you're not going to win that game very often."

The Cardinals, swept in a three-game series at home this week by
Cincinnati, had lost three of four since first baseman Albert
Pujols was sidelined with a strained muscle in his side. They had
lost six of nine overall. Pujols, the reigning NL MVP who leads the
majors with 25 homers and 65 RBI, is on the 15-day disabled list
and is out indefinitely.

David Eckstein had three hits and drove in two runs and So
Taguchi had two hits and knocked in two runs for the Cardinals, who
had 12 hits.

Jorge De La Rosa was making his third consecutive start for
Milwaukee having been pushed into the starting rotation due to
injuries to Ben Sheets, Tomo Ohka and Rick Helling.

Staked to a 6-0 lead, the left-hander couldn't protect it as St.
Louis scored twice in the third and then six times in the fourth to
chase him from the game.

After he walked the bases loaded to start the fourth, Joe
Winkelsas (0-1) took over. The Cardinals scored single runs on
Eckstein's single, Taguchi's walk with the bases loaded and Scott
Rolen's groundout. After a walk loaded the bases, Spiezio doubled
in three runs to match his career high for a game.

"They took the wind out of our sails," said Jeff Cirillo,
whose RBI single capped the Brewers' scoring with two outs in the
second. "This is a game of momentum. Tonight, they got it."

Winkelsas allowed three runs, two hits and two walks in one
inning. De La Rosa, who appeared to have a problem with the nail on
a finger of his left hand, gave up five runs, five hits and four
walks.

After the game, the Brewers placed De La Rosa on the 15-day
disabled list with a blister on his middle finger of his left hand.

Cardinals starter Mark Mulder allowed a walk and a single before
Carlos Lee hit his 20th homer with one out in the first. Milwaukee
added three runs in the second on RBI doubles by Brady Clark and
Rickie Weeks and Cirillo's RBI single.

Brewers manager Ned Yost was disappointed after such a promising
start against the Cardinals.

"You take a 6-0 lead the first two innings and can't hold them
down," Yost said after the Cardinals improved to 3-1 this season
against Milwaukee. "It makes it frustrating when it falls apart
like it did in the fourth."

Mulder allowed six runs and five hits in three innings.

"He was better than the six runs on the board," La Russa said
of Mulder, who has given up 22 runs and 27 hits in his last 14
innings.

Josh Hancock (2-2) picked up the victory with two perfect
innings of relief. After Hancock, Tyler Johnson, Brad Thompson and
Randy Flores held the Brewers scoreless until Jason Inringhausen
got the final four outs for his 19th save in 23 chances.

"Everybody that came was throwing all their pitches for
strikes," Cirillo said.

Game notes
Cardinals relievers combined to strike out eight Brewers.
... The Cardinals covered the lens of the remote-controlled video
camera near their dugout before the top of the fourth. It had
focused on the team's scouting report. "That camera zoomed right
down on Dave Duncan's book," said La Russa who had the power
supply unplugged, too. "Why is it on our dugout and not theirs?
That crosses the line." ... Cardinals 3B Rolen extended his
team-best hitting streak to 13 games with a single in the first,
leaving him one game shy of his career high. ... Brewers RF Geoff
Jenkins, mired in a 4-for-22 slump, was dropped from his usual No.
3 spot to 7th in the lineup. ... St. Louis hadn't lost four
consecutive regular season games since Sept. 27-30, 2004. They also
lost four straight to the Boston Red Sox in the 2004 World Series.