Garza fails, Cards beat Brewers 9-3

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Another injury was too much for the depleted Milwaukee Brewers.

Matt Garza was removed with a bruised right thumb in the fourth inning of a 9-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday. That put more stress on a bullpen that pitched 16 innings in the three-game series, the first two extra-inning wins.

“We were hoping he’d go deep,” manager Ron Roenicke said. “It hurt, him not going deep.”

The Brewers considered roster moves after the game. Roenicke said decisions probably would be made after Milwaukee arrived in Cincinnati for a four-game series.

Garza (1-3) was injured when he got jammed on his at-bat in the the fourth with Milwaukee trailing 4-3. He expects to be ready for his next turn in the rotation.

“I’m going to make sure I’m OK by then,” he said. “I’m not here to skip a start.”

He wasn’t happy with losing to the Cardinals for the second time this year. The right-hander was charged with five runs.

On April 14, he allowed four runs in seven innings of a 4-0 loss at home to St. Louis. In three of his first five starts, he worked seven or more innings.

“It’s been a consistent battle for me so far this year,” Garza said. “I don’t know if it’s me fighting myself or me trying to do too much or what it is, but it needs to stop. I’m going to carry my weight on this team and do my part. Right now, I’m not.”

Rookie Wei-Chung Wang, selected from Pittsburgh in the winter meeting draft, gave up four runs in three innings and has allowed 10 runs and 13 hits in six innings.

Backup catcher Martin Maldonado pitched the eighth for the Brewers, the 13th relief outing of the series.

“We can get back strong again in our bullpen if we have a couple good days,” Roenicke said.

Allen Craig homered on a four-hit day that included three RBIs, and Matt Adams hit a three-run homer for the Cardinals.

Jon Jay had three hits and a walk his first four trips to the plate. The Cardinals avoided a three-game sweep by the team with the best record in the major leagues.

Shelby Miller (3-2) worked around homers to Mark Reynolds and Carlos Gomez, allowing three runs and six hits in six-plus innings.

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