Barton, a Rule V draft pick who hadn't played above Class AA, has been used sparingly by manager Tony La Russa. But La Russa sent him up against fire-balling Milwaukee right-hander Derrick Turnbow and Barton hit the first pitch he saw.
"He's got tremendous composure for a guy with so little experience," said La Russa. "He's shown that since spring training."
The Cardinals have beaten Milwaukee three times in four meetings this season after helping to deny the Brewers the National League Central Division title last year.
Adam Wainwright, who pitched seven strong innings without a decision, said, "Hopefully, they're going to feel we're going to be there down the stretch and we know that, too."
CARDINALS 4, BREWERS 3: Right fielders Ryan Ludwick of the Cardinals and Corey Hart of Milwaukee misplayed balls hit by the other in the eighth inning as each team scored a run. Cardinals left fielder Skip Schumaker, hitless in four at-bats, hit the first pitch from Milwaukee righty Derrick Turnbow for a run-scoring double in the ninth to break a 3-3 tie.
NOTES AND QUOTES
--RHP Russ Springer, who has had a nerve problem in his right elbow, was activated from the 15-day disabled list and INF Rico Washington was optioned to Memphis. The Cardinals wanted to go with 13 pitchers for at least a day, since RHPs Brad Thompson and Anthony Reyes and LHP Ron Villone had pitched extensively in the two previous games.
--INF Brendan Ryan, rehabbing from a rib-cage injury, is likely to be brought up soon from Class AA Springfield.
--1B Albert Pujols singled in the first to reach base for the 20th consecutive game. Pujols also drew three walks, two of them intentional, and is on pace for 160 walks.
--3B Troy Glaus, homer-less in the club's 20 games, doubled in two runs in the third inning after having two doubles the day before. "He's starting to take better at-bats," said manager Tony La Russa. "He's a good guy to get started for us. Maybe he's on his way now." Said Glaus, "It's getting better."
--RHP Jason Isringhausen had a 1-2-3 ninth after not having pitched in five days.
--2B Adam Kennedy's hitting streak ended at six games, but he did deliver a sacrifice fly.
BY THE NUMBERS: 16 -- Number of hitting streaks of 10 games or longer in 1B Albert Pujols' career.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "No one is as hot as Ryan (Ludwick), but there's no one really struggling." -- Manager Tony La Russa on why the .400-hitting outfielder was not playing regularly.