Former St. Louis starting pitcher Jeff Suppan (4-2) went all nine innings in his first complete game since 2003. He allowed one run and eight hits in the victory over the Cardinals, a team he has defeated twice in his six starts for Milwaukee. St. Louis starter Kip Wells (1-5) went six innings and allowed seven runs on six hits.
The Cardinals (10-14) played in their first game since the tragic passing of relief pitcher Josh Hancock early Sunday morning. Reliever Dennis Dove was called up to fill the roster spot, and pitched one scoreless inning.
The Cardinals continued their early-game woes on Monday against the Brewers (16-9), giving up four runs in the first three innings combined. It started in the first frame, when catcher Johnny Estrada doubled in two runs. In the second inning, right fielder Kevin Mench singled and reached second on a throwing error by Wells. Mench proceeded to steal third base without a throw from Molina and scored when Wells committed a balk.
The Cardinals put up their lone run in the third inning. Leading off, shortstop David Eckstein doubled, and left fielder Chris Duncan hit an RBI single in the next at-bat. The Brewers would score again in the third inning when first baseman Prince Fielder blasted a solo home run to deep center field.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Brewers put the game away with three insurance runs. Mench hit a two-RBI triple that brought home centerfielder Bill Hall and left fielder Geoff Genkins. Second baseman Tony Graffanino grounded out but pushed through the seventh and final run of the game as Mench scored from third.
- Rookie reliever Dennis Dove came in and pitched very well. He was hitting his spots for the most part and was consistently hitting 91-94 MPH on the radar gun. He had a breaking ball that would drop to 79-80 MPH, as well.
- Skip Schumaker had three of the Cardinals' eight hits (he was 3-for-4 on the night), and Albert Pujols hit safely in his ninth straight game.
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