The Brewers didn’t put up much of a fight, but they did strike one good blow. The Cardinals 9-1 win was marred in the sixth inning when second baseman Miguel Cairo was struck in the left hand by a pitch from right-handed reliever Dan Kolb. Cairo broke a bone in his hand and could be out 3-5 weeks, which leaves the Cardinals without a second baseman with Fernando Vina still on the DL with a torn hamstring ligament. The team will probably call up Bill Selby or Bo Hart from Class AAA Memphis. Before his departure, Cairo had driven in three runs. Eduardo Perez and Orlando Palmiero drove in two runs apiece. The Cardinals lit up Glendon Rusch early and often. Rusch was charged with eight runs, six hits and five walks before getting pulled with no outs in the second inning. Rusch was charged with his 11th loss of the season and his 10th in a row. Jason Simontacchi lasted seven innings giving up one run off seven hits and improved to 5-4. The win moved the Cardinals into second place in the N.L. Central.
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