ST. LOUIS (Neth.) – Avisaíl García homered, double and drove in five runs when the Milwaukee Brewers defeated St. Louis 9-5 on Saturday to end the Cardinals' four-game winning streak.
Keston Hiura hit a three-run homer that ended a five-run burst in the seventh inning to make the Brewers 8-2. They have won in four games for the third time.
"You just have to keep working and not lose your energy and focus," said García. "Don't be frustrated because it's a difficult game. And we have control over our focus, our energy and what you pull with every at bat."
García's two-run homer off Carlos Martínez gave Milwaukee a 3-0 lead in the fifth. García walked with the bases loaded in the sixth and added a two-run double in the seventh.
"Just a breakthrough day at the start of the year is great for your confidence and the feeling that you helped the team win and he certainly did today," said Brewers manager Craig Counsell.
García & # 39; s five RBI & # 39; s were the highest since he raced in six as a member of the White Sox on May 20, 2017.
He took a less is more approach with his swing.
& # 39; Just see and hit it, & # 39; García said. "You're strong. I just have to touch it."
Brewer's starter Adrian Houser (1-1) allowed runners in each of his five innings and was drawn after Yadier Molina walked to start the sixth. Houser was helped by double plays in the second and third innings, and he eliminated Paul DeJong to escape a basesloaded blockade in the fifth.
Houser threw around Nolan Arenado to load the bases for DeJong.
"We were confident that we could get DeJong behind Arenado, so we weren't willing to give him (Arenado) something to ride and get some runs there," said Houser. & # 39; So we played it a bit safe there. I had to make the throws and we made the throws and got out. "
Martínez (0-2) gave up three runs in five innings. The righthanded player gave up seven earned runs in 10 innings this season.
"The stuff was right out of the gate right away," said Cardinals manager Mike Shildt. "Maybe some changes got a sign, guys put him some swings."
Austin Dean hit a three-run homer in the eighth for the Cardinals. It was his first homerun since September 26, 2019, when he played for Miami.
Molina had three hits.
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TOWING THE LINE
Justin Williams moved to third base in the sixth after reaching an error that scored the Cardinals' first two runs. Williams was then hit by a line drive from Tommy Edman's bat. Williams thought he was in foul territory, but plate umpire Alan Porter ruled that Williams was on the right side of the baseline and called him out to end the inning. The piece was not reviewable.
"If your feet are in a dirty area, but your body is in a good area and it hits you, it's a dead ball and Alan said it went down and they got the ball right and it hit him," said Shildt.
Arenado's double in the first inning extended his hitting streak to eight games, equaling Roger Maris (1967) for the longest hitting streak for a new cardinal.
Brouwers: 2B Kolten Wong placed on the list with 10 days injured with a left oblique strain, IF / OF Jace Peterson selected from the alternate training location and RHP Bobby Wahl (right oblique) transferred to the 60 day IL.
Cardinals: OR Tyler O'Neill was removed from the game after being grounded into a double play in the second inning due to a tight right groin and was replaced by Dean. … LHP Kwang Hyun Kim (rear) will throw an extended match with about 90 pitches at the team's alternative training location on Sunday and can join the club on the next road trip from April 16.
LHP Brett Anderson (0-1, 7.20 ERA) will start on Sunday for the Brewers against Daniel Ponce de Leon (1-0, 1.80 ERA). Anderson is 1-3 with a 3.32 ERA in four career starts against St. Louis, while Ponce de Leon gave up only one run in five innings while taking the win in Miami on Monday.