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Edmonds drives in pair as Cardinals top Brewers

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers decided not to let Scott
Rolen beat them. David Eckstein and Jim Edmonds took care of that.

Edmonds doubled twice and had two RBI, and Eckstein and Rolen
each scored twice to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-5 victory
over Milwaukee on Sunday.

Eckstein scored after both of his singles, while Rolen, who came
in with a 14-game hitting streak, went 0-for-2 with two walks and a
sacrifice fly.

Brewers manager Ned Yost said there's hardly relief from the
Cardinals' onslaught, even with reigning NL MVP Albert Pujols
(strained oblique muscle) on the disabled list.

"Eckstein's leading the (National) League in hits, he's setting
the table," Yost said. "Then you've got Rolen and Edmonds behind
him. Rolen's hitting about everything and Edmonds is getting timely
hits."

So was everyone else.

Every Cardinals batter reached base by the fifth, and the
bullpen worked five scoreless innings capped by Jason
Isringhausen's 20th save to tie Lee Smith's franchise record 160.

"It's a great accomplishment because I'm from the area," said
Isringhausen, who grew up 35 miles from St. Louis in Brighton, Ill.

Josh Hancock (3-2) earned the win in relief, striking out two in
1 1-3 hitless innings.

"The bullpen has been a big strength," Cardinals manager Tony
La Russa said. "But the rotation is in a little rut."

Bill Hall had two hits and three RBI to lead the Brewers, who
lost six of 10 on their homestand.

"We kept battling back, going back and forth, they just got the
lead and their relievers came in and closed out the ball game,"
Hall said.

Edmonds' two-run double in the first gave St. Louis a 2-0 lead.
After Rickie Weeks homered to open the bottom of the first for
Milwaukee, Yadier Molina's solo homer made it 3-1 in the second.

Prince Fielder hit his 10th homer in the bottom of the second to
bring the Brewers within a run again, and Juan Encarnacion's RBI
ground out in the third made it 4-2.

Hall's 15th homer pulled the Brewers to 4-3, before the
Cardinals scored three runs in the fourth.

St. Louis strung together the runs with three hits and a walk
off Brewers starter Dave Bush (4-6) that began when center fielder
Gabe Gross let Eckstein's single bounce over his glove for an
error, allowing Hector Luna to score.

John Rodriguez singled in Cardinals starter Jeff Suppan and
Rolen's sacrifice fly scored Eckstein to give the Cardinals a 7-3
lead.

Hall added a two-run triple in the bottom of the fourth to
complete the scoring.

Bush was done after four innings, having allowed seven hits and
three walks while striking out three.

"Today was just not his day. He was catching the fat part of
the plate," Yost said. "He kind of labored right from the onset,
got his pitch count up. He just struggled."

Suppan, who was looking for his 100th career win, couldn't hang
around long enough for the decision after giving up the five runs
and six hits in four-plus innings. He walked five and struck out
four, and was pulled when he walked Carlos Lee to begin the fifth.

"There's an old saying, 'You don't get hurt by solo home
runs," La Russa said. "There's a lot of truth to that."

Game notes
Eckstein went 2-for-5 and has 83 hits to lead the National
League. ... Yost was ejected after the fourth inning for arguing
balls and strikes. ... Weeks led off the game with a homer for the
third time in his career. ... Brewers CF Brady Clark was not in the
lineup the day after straining his right, throwing shoulder. Clark,
considered day-to-day, pinch hit for Bush, weakly popping out foul
in the fourth. ... St. Louis is 20-8 in day games, and just 17-17
at night.