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Cards sweep Brewers

Published On: May 05 2013 09:31:19 PM CDT
Updated On: May 05 2013 10:15:39 PM CDT

MILWAUKEE -

Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke put it very bluntly after his team lost 10-1 Sunday to the St. Louis Cardinals.

It was the Cardinals' first four-game sweep of the Brewers. Coming into the series, the Brewers trailed the first-place Cardinals by 1 1/2 games in the National League Central. Following the win on Sunday, the Cardinals' lead jumped to 5 1/2 games.

"We played a bad series," he said. "We don't do it too often at home."

Marco Estrada (2-2) lasted 3 1-3 innings for the Brewers, who have lost five in a row. He gave up eight runs on six hits and had a career high six walks.

Estrada said it was likely the worst outing of his big league career.

"I had no idea where the ball was going," he said. "I made a lot of pitches in the second inning.  I couldn't find it after that. It was one of those outings where I had no clue what I was doing out there."

Allen Craig drive in four runs and Matt Holliday homered for the Cardinals, who have won six straight, their most since taking eight in a row from July 11-21, 2010. It was the first time the Cardinals have four in a row from the Brewers, who moved to the NL and have been in the Cardinals' division since the 1998 season.

"It makes it awfully tough when you try to get out a big league hitter and a very good club that we are facing when you can't throw the ball where you want to," Roenicke said.

On Sunday, the pitching star was Jaime Garcia (4-1), who won his third straight game, by pitching eight strong innings, giving up just one run on eight hits.

Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy said Milwaukee hitters could not get to Garcia.

"(Garcia) mixed well and was throwing strikes a lot," he said. "We were out there just battling, trying to hit the ball hard somewhere, and (Garcia) kept us off balance."

The Cardinals scored six runs in the second inning to take control of the game on three hits as St. Louis sent 10 men to the plate. Estrada was wild and loaded the bases with two walks and single.

Shane Robinson and Holliday forced in runs with walks before Craig lined a double to the left field corner to drive in three runs. Yadier Molina's RBI single scored Craig.

Holliday's two-run home run in the fourth inning extended the Cardinals lead to 8-0. It was Holliday's fifth home run of the season and his second of the series.

Alfredo Figaro's infield single in the fifth inning scored Carlos Gomez, who had led off the inning with a double, to make the score 8-1. It was Figaro's first major league hit and RBI.

Craig's RBI triple in the sixth inning increased the lead to 9-1. Pinch hitter Tony Cruz's RBI single in the eighth inning made the score 10-1.

NOTES: Gomez's fifth inning double extended his hitting streak to 12 games, which tied a career high. ... Cardinals manager Mike Matheny gave both OF Carlos Beltran and 2B Matt Carpenter the day off. ... Both teams wore uniforms from the 1913 season for Sunday's game. ... RHP Wily Peralta (2-2) will start for the Brewers Tuesday against Texas Rangers' RHP Justin Grimm. RHP Lance Lynn (5-0) will starts for the Cardinals Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs' RHP Travis Wood (2-2).

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