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Cardinals fade, lose to Brewers 5-4 in 11 innings

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 30, 2014 at 12:35 am •  Published: April 30, 2014
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lance Lynn missed a chance to join teammate Adam Wainwright as the only five-game winners in the majors.

The St. Louis Cardinals pitcher wasn't even close.

"Not as good as I should have been, plain and simple," Lynn said after lasting just five innings and coughing up an early cushion in St. Louis' 5-4, 11-inning loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night. "You get three runs in the first, you need to win that game."

Lynn won his first 12 career decisions in April but finished this month with a loss and a no-decision that left a bad taste. In particular, he was smarting from a two-run single by opposing pitcher Kyle Lohse that capped the Brewers' three-run fourth.

Lynn could only get his glove on Scooter Gennett's leadoff infield hit in the fourth. He walked two and had two wild pitches in the inning.

"If you can't put the pitcher away with two outs and the bases loaded with a two-run lead, you deserve not to win the game," Lynn said.

Lyle Overbay singled in Khris Davis with the tiebreaking run to give the Brewers their second straight extra-inning win over the Cardinals. St. Louis hitters struck out 17 times and went 1 for 5 with runners in scoring position.

"We couldn't make anything happen," manager Mike Matheny said. "In these close games it's the little things that are going to either help us or kill us.

"We've been having trouble getting guys over, getting them in — something that we've had a lot of confidence in getting done."

Davis hit a go-ahead triple to help the Brewers win 5-3 in 12 innings Monday night and started the winning rally this time with a leadoff double against Kevin Siegrist (0-1). Milwaukee is a major league-best 20-7, two more victories than the previous franchise best for the opening month, and 11-1 on the road.

The Brewers, missing four starters, managed just enough offense to beat the Cardinals again.

Carlos Gomez homered for the Brewers, who have won five of six. Tyler Thornburg (3-0) struck out four in two scoreless innings and Francisco Rodriguez finished for his 13th save in 13 chances.

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