MILWAUKEE (AP) — Keston Hiura hit a sacrifice fly to score Avisail Garcia with the winning run in the eighth inning as the Milwaukee Brewers rallied to edge the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 in the opening game of a doubleheader Monday.
The Cardinals broke a scoreless tie in the top of the eighth when Tommy Edman’s two-out single up the middle off Freddy Peralta brought home Tyler O’Neill, who had started the inning on second base under Major League Baseball’s new extra-inning format.
The Brewers answered off reliever Ryan Helsley (1-1) in the bottom of the eighth.
Avisail Garcia’s leadoff walk put runners on first and second. Helsley struck out Christian Yelich, but Ryan Braun followed with a double off the center-field wall that scored Tyrone Taylor and advanced Garcia to third.
Monday’s doubleheader opened a three-day, five-game series between these NL Central rivals who were facing each other for the first time this season. The Brewers are playing the Cardinals 10 times over their last 16 games.
Milwaukee was supposed to open its home schedule against St. Louis on July 31, but the Cardinals had a coronavirus outbreak that caused that weekend series to get postponed.
The opener of this doubleheader was a pitchers’ duel between St. Louis’ Kwang Hyun Kim and Milwaukee’s Josh Lindblom, who both spent last season in the Korean Baseball Organization.
Both Kim and Lindblom hadn’t started a game since Sept 1. Kim had been dealing with an unspecified injury related to abdominal pain, while Lindblom had pitched just two innings of scoreless relief since his Sept. 1 start.
Kim struck out six and allowed three hits and three walks after getting activated from the injured list. The 32-year-old rookie from Korea hasn’t allowed an earned run over his last 24 innings, though he has given up one unearned run during that stretch.
Lindblom struck out six while allowing three hits and no walks in five shutout innings.
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Cardinals: St. Louis placed outfielder Austin Dean on the 10-day injured list with a right elbow strain. The Cardinals activated Kim to start the first game of the doubleheader and recalled right-hander Daniel Ponce de Leon to start Monday’s second game. Kim had been on the injured list with an unspecified injury related to abdominal pain.
Brewers: Milwaukee activated right-handed reliever Ray Black from the 45-day injured list. Black hadn’t pitched all season due to a shoulder injury. He went 0-1 with a 5.14 ERA in 15 appearances last season.
The Brewers claimed outfielder Billy McKinney off waivers from Toronto and assigned him to their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin. They also designated infielder Ronny Rodriguez and right-hander Trey Supak for assignment.
“It’s possible he seems time this year,” Brewers general manager David Stearns said of McKinney. “It’s also a nod to future years, someone we think has the potential to impact our team down the road in future years. He has major league experience.”
Supak had posted an 11-4 record and 2.20 ERA in Double-A Biloxi and a 1-2 record with a 9.30 ERA for Triple-A San Antonio last season.
The Brewers also optioned right-hander J.P. Feyereisen to the alternate training site.
The Cardinals and Brewers meet again Tuesday in the lone single game of this three-day, five-game series. Jack Flaherty (3-1, 3.08 ERA) pitches for St. Louis and Brett Anderson (2-3, 4.64) starts for Milwaukee.
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