- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Tyler Cravy anticipated there would be a lot more nerves accompanying his major league debut. The 26-year-old right-hander gave the Milwaukee Brewers far, far more than they could have hoped for.

“That’s the best start we’ve seen in a while for sure,” manager Craig Counsell said after Cravy worked seven stellar innings in a 1-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

“Our guy doesn’t deserve a loss pitching like that.”

The Brewers needed a fill-in starter after using nine pitchers and finished with five scoreless innings from Matt Garza in a 17-inning victory over Arizona on Sunday, so Cravy was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs. He allowed one run on four hits, the lone damage coming on Mark Reynolds’ RBI single in the second.

Cravy (0-1) has been pitching from the stretch since 2013 when he was in the bullpen, and befuddled the Cardinals with that look. He became the third pitcher in franchise history to throw at least seven innings and allow one or fewer runs in his debut.

Counsell hedged whether that was enough to merit another start.

“We’ll see, but it’s nice to know that you’ve got a guy who can get it done, for sure,” the manager said. “When someone pitches like that, you take notice.”

Like a seasoned veteran, Cravy said there was nothing to be pleased about because the Brewers lost. He deferred rotation talk to the manager, too.

“That’s not up to me,” Cravy said. “I hope so, but it could have gone better. A couple of bad pitches, but that’s how the game goes.”

Lance Lynn (4-4) allowed five hits while pitching into the eighth for St. Louis.

The Brewers won the series opener 1-0 and Milwaukee pitchers had thrown 19 consecutive scoreless innings before Reynolds’ RBI.

Kevin Siegrist got the last out in the eighth and most of a sellout crowd of 42,835 stuck around to see Trevor Rosenthal earn his 16th save in 17 chances. The Cardinals are 6-2 with one game to go on the home stand.

Matt Holliday was ejected by plate umpire Joe West for arguing a called third strike in the seventh, ending his National League-record 45-game streak reaching base safely to start the season. Derek Jeter set the major league record with 53 in a row in 1999 for the Yankees.

Manager Mike Matheny, who had gone out to aid Holliday’s cause, also was ejected. That made a total of five ejections in the last five games at Busch.

The Cardinals entered averaging 2.82 runs run support in starts by Lynn, fourth lowest among National League pitchers. In 10 of the 11 starts, they totaled 22 runs.

Randal Grichuk doubled with one out in the second and scored easily on Reynolds’ two-out single. The Cardinals didn’t have a runner in scoring position the rest of the way, and grounded into double plays in the third, fourth and fifth.

The Brewers had three runners in scoring position, the last time when Aramis Ramirez grounded into a game-ending double play. Ryan Braun fanned with two on to end the sixth.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Brewers: OF Khris Davis underwent surgery to remove torn right meniscus and will be sidelined 4-6 weeks.

Cardinals: P Adam Wainwright, lost for the season with a torn left Achilles in April, has been at Busch during the homestand.

UP NEXT

Jimmy Nelson is 0-3 with a 10.24 ERA against St. Louis in three games. John Lackey is 5-1 with a 1.83 ERA at Busch in 10 starts and struck out nine in seven scoreless innings his last time out against the Dodgers.

NO DAMAGE

Three Brewers chased futilely for Matt Carpenter’s foul pop in the fourth and two of them - shortstop Jean Segura and third baseman Aramis Ramirez - tumbled into the stands. No one was injured.

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