MILWAUKEE -- Back-to-back run-scoring singles by Matt Adams and Matt Carpenter led to a four-run, eighth-inning rally, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-5 Monday night at Miller Park.
With Milwaukee leading 5-4 after Aramis Ramirez's two-run homer in the seventh, Brewers right-hander Brandon Kintzler (3-1) gave up a leadoff single to Yadier Molina in the eighth but got Jon Jay to hit into a double play.
Kintzler then collected four consecutive singles, including the game-tying hit by Adams and the go-ahead hit by Carpenter. Burke Badenhop replaced Kintzler after Carlos Beltran loaded the bases on a sharp grounder that bounced off the glove of third baseman Ramirez and into shallow left.
Pinch hitter David Freese hit a two-run double to left, making it 8-5 St. Louis, before Badenhop ended the inning on Allen Craig's groundout.
Molina finished 4-for-5, and Beltran went 3-for-5 with a home run for the Cardinals, who collected 16 hits. Half of the hits came against Milwaukee starter Marco Estrada, who allowed four runs while walking four and striking out four in six innings.
Cardinals starter Shelby Miller went 5 1/3 innings and held Milwaukee to two runs on five hits with eight strikeouts.
Michael Wacha (2-0) got the victory despite giving up a two-run lead in the seventh on Jonathan Lucroy's RBI single and Ramirez's homer.
Edward Mujica put two on with two outs in the ninth, but he recovered and closed out his 32nd save of the season after missing the Cardinals' three-game series in Chicago last weekend due to shoulder fatigue.
Beltran's 21st home run of the season gave the Cardinals a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
Milwaukee tied the game in the third on Lucroy's RBI single, but St. Louis went back ahead in the fourth when Molina's double drove home Craig.
Norichika Aoki homered to lead off the fifth, tying the game at 2, but Jay answered with a two-run homer in the sixth, giving the Cardinals a 4-2 lead.
NOTES: Brewers CF Carlos Gomez is ahead of schedule in his return from a sprained right knee, according to manager Ron Roenicke, and could be used off the bench against the Cardinals this week. ... Jay began the day hitting .377 in August and leading all of the majors with 26 hits during the month. He went 1-for-4. ... St. Louis won its fifth in a row at Miller Park and improved to 9-2 against the Brewers this season ... At 45-0, the Brewers are the only team in the major leagues that hasn't lost a game when leading after eight innings.