ST. LOUIS — Milwaukee's bullpen blew a game for the second time since closer Corey Knebel went to the disabled list with a torn hamstring — and this time they blew it twice.
Two pitches after botching a bunt attempt, Matt Carpenter hit a two-run homer with no outs in the 11th inning to lift the St. Louis Cardinals over the Milwaukee Brewers 5-3.
"I was trying to beat out a bunt," Carpenter said. "I'm glad it didn't work."
Carpenter ripped a pitch from J.J. Hoover (0-1) down the right field line for the third game-ending homer of his career. It capped a night in which St. Louis rallied from one-run deficits in the ninth and 10th innings.
"There's always a win every year that kind of jumpstarts you," Carpenter said. "We haven't been playing bad, but we haven't been clicking like we know we're capable of. This might be the game that gets us on a roll."
Domingo Santana singled in Eric Thames to put Milwaukee ahead 2-1 in the ninth inning, but Tommy Pham scored from second on a pair of wild pitches by Jacob Barnes to tie it in the bottom of the inning.
After Orlando Arcia singled in a run in the top of the 10th, Greg Garcia made it 3-3 with his own RBI single a half-inning later.
Garcia was 0 for 7 this season before coming up with hits in the seventh and tenth innings.
"I wasn't panicking," Garcia said. "It's tough, those o-fers add up. It's good to get that first one out of the way."
Dominic Leone (1-2) pitched a clean 11th inning before Paul DeJong set up Carpenter's winner with an infield single.
"A number of good things happened offensively to keep us in that game," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. "When it got to it, guys showed a lot of grit and heart."
Eric Thames homered in the first inning for the Brewers. It was his fourth of the season and gives him 15 in April over the past two seasons.
St. Louis starter Carlos Martinez allowed a run and six hits over six innings. He stuck out four and walked two.
"Not a lot of strikeouts, but a lot of swings and ground balls," Martinez said. "I never lost my focus. I was competing."
Brent Suter held the Cardinals to a run and four hits over 5 1/3 innings.
"St. Louis is a scrappy team, they're well-balanced and they fight to the very end," Suter said.
Brewers catcher Manny Pina left the game in the top of the seventh inning. The Brewers announced he exited with right calf tightness.
Pina was on first base after walking. A couple of pitches later, Brewers manager Craig Counsell ran onto the field with a trainer to talk to Pina, who then limped off on his own power.
Pina, who was 1-for-1 and had reached all three times at bat, was replaced in the game by Jett Bandy.
Guerra gets the call
The Brewers are calling up right-hander Junior Guerra from Class AAA Colorado Springs to start Wednesday’s game vs. the Cardinals, Counsell said. The club has not yet announced a corresponding move.
Guerra, the Brewers’ 2017 Opening Day starter, allowed one run in 5 ⅔ innings in his first start of ’18 for the Sky Sox. The 33-year-old hurler went 9-3 with a 2.81 ERA in 20 starts in ’16, but struggled last season, going 1-4 with a 5.12 ERA in 21 games (14 starts).
“We think Junior had a really good camp, had a great first start in Colorado Springs,” Counsell said. “So I’m excited to see him start tomorrow and feel like he’s one of our guys.”
Guerra is set to oppose St. Louis right-hander Adam Wainwright, who allowed three earned runs in 3⅔ innings on April 5 against the D-backs.
“It’s a new opportunity for me this year,” Guerra said. “I try to do my job, I feel good.”
It isn’t clear whether Guerra’s callup will be a spot start or something more permanent.
Wednesday's game on Facebook
As part of an expanded partnership with Major League Baseball and Facebook, the Brewers 12:15 p.m. game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday will be telecast exclusively on Facebook.
Earlier this year, Major League Baseball and Facebook unveiled an expanded partnership for the 2018 MLB season, highlighted by an agreement to produce and broadcast one game every week to a global audience on Facebook. The 25-game package of weekly broadcasts will be distributed exclusively on Facebook Watch in the United States via the MLB Live show Page.
Using Facebook Watch – Step-by-Step Access Guide
1. Launch a web browser and navigate to www.facebook.com.
2. Log-in to Facebook.
3. Once logged in, search for “MLB Live.”
4. Follow the “MLB Live” show Page to receive updates.
1. Download and/or launch the Facebook app on your phone or tablet device.
2. Search for “MLB Live.”
3. Follow the “MLB Live” show Page to receive updates.
1. Download the Facebook video app on your TV or streaming device and search for “MLB Live.”
2. (Alternatively) Stream a game from your phone to a TV on the same Wi-Fi network by tapping the (TV) icon.
There will be no blackout restrictions in the U.S. as the game will be available to every person on Facebook. Fans who do not have a Facebook account may listen to the live radio broadcast (WTMJ is the flagship) on multiple platforms or follow pitch-by-pitch tracking on MLB.com and MLB At Bat.
The Brewers-Cardinals game at 12:10 pm on Wednesday, May 30 also is scheduled to be aired exclusively on Facebook.