Brewers: Yadier Molina's 2 home runs carry Cardinals to victory
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Brewers: Yadier Molina's 2 home runs carry Cardinals to victory

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MILWAUKEE — The praises were flowing for Yadier Molina.

Molina hit two solo home runs, Kolten Wong added a two-run double, rookie Luke Weaver pitched into the seventh inning and the St. Louis Cardinals held on for a 5-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night at Miller Park.

“He is our captain, he is our leader, he is the St. Louis Cardinals,” Wong said of Molina. “We are going to hop on his back whenever he is going. He is our man. When he goes, we go.”

Molina homered in the fourth and then crushed the first pitch from Brent Suter leading off the sixth over the wall in left for his 12th of the season and fourth career multi-homer game.

“Definitely a lot left in the tank from what I saw tonight,” Suter said of the 35-year-old Molina.

“He was good, just Yadier Molina got him,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said of Suter, who came in 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in his five previous starts.

Suter struck out seven, walked one and allowed five runs on eight hits in 5⅓ innings.

Molina doubled in the second and advanced Jedd Gyorko to third. He scored on rookie Luke Voit’s ground out with the bases loaded and tied the game.

“He was the story of the game tonight,” Suter said. “That guy’s on his way to the Hall of Fame.”

Molina finished with 10 total bases for the first time in his career.

“If you’re going to give them up, you might as well give them up to one of the best in the game,” Suter said.

Weaver made one mistake in the first and Eric Thames hit it for his 25th home run of the season. Weaver regrouped and held the Brewers (56-53) scoreless until Hernan Perez’s one-out RBI single in the seventh.

Weaver allowed five hits, struck out eight and walked two over 6⅓ innings in his first road start of the season and second for Adam Wainwright (mid-back tightness). He took a 4-0 loss to Arizona in his first start on July 27 after being recalled for the second time this season.

Jeremy Jeffress, who made his first appearance since being reacquired Monday in a trade with the Texas Rangers, took over for Suter with runners at first and second and one out in the sixth. One out later, Wong drove in the final two runs of the inning.

Jesus Aguilar hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer off John Brebbia in the eighth.

Roster move

Brewers pitcher Wei-Chung Wang was optioned to Class AAA Colorado Springs after the game. The move was anticipated with Matt Garza coming off the disabled list to start today.

From the infirmary

Brewers catcher Stephen Vogt (left knee sprain) and right-hander Chase Anderson (strained left oblique) have made enough progress that the club targets their return during the West Coast trip, starting Aug. 18 in Colorado.

St. Louis AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Wong 2b 5 0 1 2 0 1 .287

Pham cf 3 0 1 0 1 1 .311

DeJong ss 5 0 0 0 0 4 .275

Gyorko 3b 5 1 1 0 0 2 .275

Molina c 4 2 3 2 0 1 .277

Martinez lf 2 1 1 0 2 0 .292

Brebbia p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Garcia 2b 0 0 0 0 0 0 .230

Voit 1b 4 1 2 1 0 1 .250

Grichuk rf-lf 3 0 0 0 1 3 .231

Weaver p 3 0 1 0 0 0 .250

Piscotty rf 1 0 0 0 0 0 .235

Totals 35 5 10 5 4 13

Milwaukee AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Sogard 2b 3 0 0 0 0 0 .288

Villar ph-2b 2 0 0 0 0 1 .214

Thames 1b-rf 5 1 1 1 0 3 .252

Braun lf 4 1 2 0 0 1 .269

Shaw 3b 4 0 0 0 0 2 .288

Santana rf 2 0 0 0 1 1 .283

Aguilar ph-1b 1 1 1 2 0 0 .284

Pina c 4 0 0 0 0 2 .299

Broxton cf 4 1 2 0 0 1 .220

Arcia ss 3 0 1 0 1 1 .274

Suter p 1 0 0 0 0 0 .167

Perez rf-cf 2 0 1 1 0 0 .266

Totals 35 4 8 4 2 12

St. Louis 010 103 000 — 5 10 1

Milwaukee 100 000 120 — 4 8 0

E — DeJong (5). LOB — St. Louis 8, Milwaukee 7. 2B — Wong (17), Molina (16), Braun (15), Broxton (13), Arcia (15). HR — Molina (11), off Suter; Molina (12), off Suter; Thames (25), off Weaver; Aguilar (10), off Brebbia. RBIs — Wong 2 (23), Molina 2 (47), Voit (10), Thames (46), Perez (38), Aguilar 2 (37). CS — Pham (5). S — Suter. Runners moved up — Voit, Sogard.

St. Louis IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Weaver, W, 1-1 61/3 5 2 2 2 8 3.77

Duke, H, 1 2/3 0 0 0 0 0 10.80

Brebbia, H, 2 2/3 2 2 2 0 1 2.00

Rosenthal, S, 7-9 11/3 1 0 0 0 3 3.32

Milwaukee IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Suter, L, 2-2 51/3 8 5 5 1 7 3.04

Jeffress 2/3 1 0 0 1 1 5.23

Torres 2 0 0 0 2 3 4.31

Hughes 1 1 0 0 0 2 3.74

Inherited runners-scored — Duke 1-0, Jeffress 2-2. HBP — Suter (Pham).

T — 2:58. Att. — 34,433.

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