MILWAUKEE (AP) – Mark Grudzielanek homered and drove in a career-high five runs, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Milwaukee Brewers 8-4 on Monday night.

Grudzielanek also scored the go-ahead run on Abraham Nunez’s RBI single off Matt Wise in the eighth inning that snapped a 4-all tie.

Nunez’s bloop single off Wise (4-4) landed in front of center fielder Brady Clark, who pulled up, grabbed the ball on the bounce and fired late to home plate, where Grudzielanek scored from second.

Grudzielanek had just stolen second after reaching on a fielder’s choice. Nunez took second on the throw and scored on So Taguchi’s ground-rule double to make it 6-4.

Grudzielanek added a two-run single off Jorge De La Rosa in the ninth.

Grudzielanek, Nunez and Taguchi – the No. 5-7 hitters – combined to go 8-for-13 with all eight RBIs.

Randy Flores (2-1) pitched a perfect seventh for the win after Matt Morris failed to get his 100th career victory because of an error by Albert Pujols that led to two unearned runs in the fifth.

Julian Tavarez pitched the eighth and Al Reyes pitched the ninth.

After Geoff Jenkins hit a two-run bloop single in the first, Grudzielanek cut the Cardinals’ deficit in half with his seventh homer off Victor Santos in the second inning. He added a two-run double in the fourth and scored on Taguchi’s single, giving Morris a 4-2 cushion.

Grudzielanek improved his career batting average against Santos to .565 (13-for-23).

Santos allowed four earned runs and five hits in four innings. He was lifted for pinch-hitter Chris Magruder when the Brewers loaded the bases with one out in the fourth.

Magruder dribbled a ball to first baseman Pujols, who got the forceout at home plate despite an off-target throw that forced catcher Mike Mahoney to sprawl out with his toe touching the plate. Clark ended the threat by lining out to Nunez at third.

An error by Pujols an inning later led to two unearned runs that tied the game at 4. Carlos Lee and Wes Helms each had RBI singles in the inning that prevented Morris from improving to 13-4 on the season and 12-4 lifetime against the Brewers. Morris allowed four runs – two earned – on six hits and three walks in six innings.

The Brewers (56-57), who haven’t had a winning season since 1992, failed to move above .500 for the first time since May 27, when they were 24-23.

Notes: RHP Anthony Reyes, the top pitching prospect in the Cardinals’ farm system, will make his major league debut Tuesday night against the Brewers. With one scheduled day off this month, the Cardinals are giving him the spot start so the rotation gets some rest. The 23-year-old is 7-4 with a 3.44 ERA in 19 starts for Triple-A Memphis. … Morris would have become the 39th active pitcher in the 100-win club.

AP-ES-08-08-05 2317EDT


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