- Associated Press - Saturday, July 12, 2014

MILWAUKEE (AP) - St. Louis’ power surge handed the sliding Milwaukee Brewers another demoralizing loss.

Now the Cardinals are just one game back from their familiar perch atop the NL Central.

Matt Holliday hit a solo homer with two outs in the ninth inning off closer Francisco Rodriguez, completing a comeback from a six-run deficit for a 7-6 win Friday night for St. Louis. The Brewers have lost six straight games and 10 of their last 11.

Friday night will go down as one of St. Louis manager Mike Matheny’s most memorable games.

“Just to be able to keep coming and coming and the intensity, the grit, the fight, that to me is just something you just don’t have every once in a while,” Matheny said. “I couldn’t be any more proud.”

Holliday sent the first-pitch changeup from Rodriguez (3-3) into the left-field seats to break the tie. The Cardinals hit four homers and cut the sliding Brewers’ lead in the NL Central to one game.

Trevor Rosenthal wrapped up six shutout innings for the St. Louis bullpen with his 28th save, getting two strikeouts after allowing a leadoff single to Aramis Ramirez in the bottom of the ninth. All-Star setup man Pat Neshek (4-0) tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings for the win.

Nick Greenwood and Seth Maness also combined for 3 2/3 scoreless innings.

“What a job,” Matheny said of his relief corps.

It was also a second straight tough loss for the Brewers, who fell 9-1 on Thursday to the Phillies despite Matt Garza taking a no-hit bid into the seventh inning.

Manager Ron Roenicke was ejected in the ninth after arguing a strike call. Afterward, the visibly shaken skipper closed the clubhouse and didn’t take reporters’ questions, citing a death in the family of a player whom he did not name.

“For respect of him right now, we’re not going to let anybody in the clubhouse,” Roenicke said. “Sorry, but these things are tough and I just don’t want to leave any players open to anything.”

The Cardinals chipped away with three home runs off starter Yovani Gallardo.

Jhonny Peralta hit a two-run homer - his team-high 14th - to get St. Louis within 6-5 with one out in the sixth, two pitches after Roenicke visited the mound but decided against pulling Gallardo with the bullpen going.

Gallardo departed after Peralta’s homer, having allowed five runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings. The bullpen gave up the lead anyway.

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