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Friday, August 04, 2006

Brewers Beat Cardinals 4-3

From Sportsline.com:

Chris Carpenter failed to prevent the St. Louis Cardinals' losing streak from reaching eight games, matching a slump they endured in June.

The 2005 NL Cy Young winner left Friday night's game with an injury to the thumb on his pitching hand that put a scare into a team already on the skids. His right thumb was swollen, although X-rays indicated no break, after a 4-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

"He took that ball right off the top of his thumb and he's got quite a bit of swelling," manager Tony La Russa said. "That's the bigger issue, even above losing the game."

Prince Fielder went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run and Tony Graffanino had three hits and an RBI to help the Brewers beat Carpenter, who was on the mound the night the Cardinals stopped their earlier eight-game skid.

La Russa was somewhat consoled by the fact his team shaved an early three-run deficit to one. The Cardinals lost 8-1 to Philadelphia on Thursday, but missed an opportunity to end the slump by going 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position on Friday.

"What's better, going 1-2-3 and out like we've been doing or having a chance to drive some in?" La Russa said. "I'd take getting them on base and getting a few home."

Doug Davis (7-6) worked into the sixth and Dan Kolb rescued him from a bases loaded jam to end that inning. Francisco Cordero got the last three outs for his third save in as many chances with Milwaukee, which has won four of six.

"I'm not really ever worried about the other team, really," Fielder said. "I just worry about our team. If we do things right, it really doesn't matter what they do."


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