ST. LOUIS -- Apparently, extra innings are the only way Milwaukee can beat St. Louis.
Jeff Bianchi stroked a two-run, two-out and bases-loaded single in the top of the 10th inning Saturday night as the Brewers subdued the Cardinals 6-4.
Bianchi's hit -- in just his 10th at-bat of the year -- snapped a four-game losing streak for Milwaukee (17-24). It was just its second win in nine tries this year against St. Louis (27-15), both in 10-inning affairs.
Former closer John Axford (1-3) wriggled out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth for the win, striking out pinch-hitter Daniel Descalso to end the threat. Jim Henderson worked the 10th for his eighth save.
Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez led off the Brewers' 10th with singles off Joe Kelly (0-2), putting runners at first and third. After Jonathan Lucroy's groundout with the infield in advanced Ramirez to second, Kelly intentionally walked Carlos Gomez to fill the bases.
Pinch-hitter Logan Schafer forced Braun out at home on a first-pitch bouncer to shortstop Pete Kozma, but Bianchi's first-pitch swing at Kelly's 98-mile per hour fastball produced a crisp grounder under Kozma's dive to score Ramirez and Gomez.
St. Louis scored first for the sixth straight game, touching Milwaukee starter Marco Estrada for two runs in the bottom of the second inning. Kozma's RBI single scored Allen Craig and Estrada walked Matt Carpenter with the bases loaded to force David Freese home.
The Brewers formulated a two-out response of their own in the third against Lance Lynn. Jean Segura laced a two-run triple to left-center on the ninth pitch of his at-bat, plating Bianchi and Norichika Aoki, then scored on Braun's single to right.
Braun was at it again in the fifth, upping Milwaukee's lead to 4-2 with another sharp RBI single to the opposite field.
Estrada steadied after the rocky second, taking the two-run cushion into the sixth before the Cardinals pieced together four straight hits to even the score.
Carpenter knocked Estrada out with a run-producing single and Jon Jay greeted reliever Mike Gonzalez with a game-tying single.
NOTES: St. Louis Saturday placed LHP Jaime Garcia on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder injury that he said was worse than last year, when he had a 73-day stint on the DL. Garcia is 5-2 with a 3.58 earned run average in nine starts. ... RHP Mitchell Boggs will be recalled Sunday from Memphis of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League to replace Garcia, according to MLB.com. Boggs was 0-2 with a 12.66 ERA in 14 appearances before being demoted on April 29. ... Aoki has fanned just 11 times in 175 plate appearances (15.9), the best ratio in the National League.