Hart's RBI single in the eighth inning lifted the Milwaukee
Brewers to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday
Hart said hitting coach Butch Wynegar had told him what Looper's
approach would be just before he went to the plate.
"I was just trying to get anything to put the bat on the
ball," Hart said. "I talked to Butch and he kind of let me know
what the guy had. I tried to stay focused and hit the ball where
"It's my job to get that guy out," Looper said. "I didn't get
the job done."
Hart, who was pinch-hitting for reliever Matt Wise (4-3),
singled up the middle on a slow roller to give Milwaukee its first
lead of the game.
"I just tried to give him a quick preview of how he would
throw," Wynegar said. "Braden's probably over there saying 'How
in the hell did he hit that pitch?"
Derrick Turnbow pitched a perfect ninth for his 17th save in 21
The Cardinals held a 3-2 lead in the seventh before reliever
Adam Wainwright hit Rickie Weeks with a pitch. It was a major
league-leading 13th time that Weeks has been hit this season. Weeks
came around to score from first on Bill Hall's double to left field
to tie the game 3-3.
"He pulled his hands in and made a good swing," Wainwright
said. "Tip your hat to him, but I could've been a little
Starter Jason Marquis pitched in and out of trouble for the
Cardinals, allowing two runs and five hits in six innings. He also
walked five and struck out two.
"He looked out of whack," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa
said. "Then he gets back in there and makes pitches."
Milwaukee starter Chris Capuano gave up three runs and nine hits
in seven innings. He struck out five and walked one.
"It just seemed like every hit was finding a hole," Capuano
said. "It was frustrating early."
That's when the Cardinals took a 3-0 lead, scoring two in the
second on an RBI single by Gary Bennett and a run-scoring ground
out by Marquis. Scott Rolen added a solo home run in the third
inning that extended his hitting streak to 14 games.
Milwaukee answered with a run in the third on Geoff Jenkins' RBI
single, and the Brewers closed within 3-2 in the fifth on Carlos
Lee's RBI single before rallying for their 20th come-from-behind
victory this season.
The night before, the Brewers had an early 6-0 lead evaporate
after 10 unanswered runs by the Cardinals. The series finale is
"It's easy to shut it down after a game like that. That's tough
when you're that far ahead and lose," Hart said. "But we battled
today, we came back from behind and it's a big step for us going
into tomorrow with all the confidence in the world we can get
Cardinals INF Hector Luna snapped an 0-for-15 skid with a
single in the second inning. He went 3-for-4 in the game. ...
Brewers manager Ned Yost said he hasn't decided about Wednesday's
starter in Cincinnati. With four starting pitchers on the DL, Yost
said he may start Capuano on four days rest rather than go with
another new starter or Jeremi Gonzalez, who is suffering from
shoulder tendinitis but is still active. ... Marquis recorded his
first no-decision of the season. He had been the only NL pitcher
with 10 or more starts to have a decision in each game. ... Brewers
center fielder Brady Clark left the game after the second inning
with a right shoulder injury after grounding into a double play. He
will be re-evaluated on Sunday.