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“We’re just trying to win,” Holliday said. “If the spot calls for it, our bullpen’s been incredible,” Holliday said. “They’re really fit into roles and it’s been fun to watch.”

The Cardinals have won 14 straight games on getaway days, a run that began on Aug. 7 at Florida. The win gave players another opportunity to chant “Happy Flight! Happy Flight!”

Milwaukee had not made more than three errors in a game during the regular season, but the Brewers‘ sloppiness reached a near-record level. Milwaukee was one shy of the LCS record for errors in a game, shared by the 1974 Los Angeles Dodgers and 1976 New York Yankees, according to STATS LLC.

“You’ve taken so many ground balls your whole life, you know what a ground ball is going to do,” Hairston said. “And then when it just shoots down and scoots and once it hits that lip, it’s just shock.”

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa had a quick hook once again. Garcia opened with four scoreless innings, then allowed three hits and a sacrifice in a span of four at-bats in the fifth as Corey Hart singled in a run. With two and on and two outs, Octavio Dotel relieved and struck out Braun.

“There’s a lot of conversation about Game 1 and how quickly they put some runs on the board,” La Russa said.

Garcia was understanding.

“He’s been doing this for so long and he’s been so successful and he’s got his reasons,” the pitcher said.

Dotel (1-0) struck out two in 1 1-3 hitless innings, combining with three other relievers for 4 1-3 innings of scoreless, two-hit relief. Motte got four outs for his second save of the series,

“I’m just out there doing my thing,” Motte said.

With Milwaukee down 5-1 and trying to rally with two on and two outs in the eighth, lefty Marc Rzepczynski relieved and struck out Prince Fielder. Against Rzepczynski, Fielder is 0 for 4 with four strikeouts and two walks.

“With two strikes I said I’m just going to bounce at it and see if he swing,” Rzepczynski said. “And today, he did.”

Greinke left pitches over the plate in some key spots and allowed five runs — just two earned — and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings with no strikeouts and two walks.

“I made several mistakes that ended up costing us, Greinke said. “I definitely could have done better and made it a better game.”

St. Louis had been hitless in 15 at-bats with runners in scoring position — and 22 at-bats with runners on base — before Molina’s RBI double off the right-field fence. Hart just missed on a leaping attempt at the right field fence.

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