St. Louis Cardinals defeat Milwaukee Brewers, 4-3

They nearly made it through.

Seven pitchers used and the lead in hand.

But the eighth, and the most reliable, gave it up.

After the often-used Milwaukee Brewers bullpen handed over a one-run lead to closer Trevor Hoffman in the ninth inning, St. Louis Cardinals cleanup man Matt Holliday spanked a low slider for a two-run home run over the center-field fence to win the game, 4-3, Tuesday night at Miller Park.

It was the Brewers 72nd loss of the season, tying the...

MILWAUKEE (AP) Matt Holliday and Albert Pujols supplied the pop that kept the St. Louis Cardinals charging ahead.

Holliday hit a two-run homer off Trevor Hoffman in the top of the ninth and Cardinals rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.

Hoffman, trying to protect a 3-2 lead, walked Pujols with one out before serving up a 2-1 pitch that Holliday drove over the wall in dead center.

"I've had some good at-bats against him," Holliday ...