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Rhys Hoskins slugs 3-run homer in 7th to help Brewers send Cardinals to 7th straight loss

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Rhys Hoskins slugs 3-run homer in 7th to help Brewers send Cardinals to 7th straight loss
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Rhys Hoskins slugs 3-run homer in 7th to help Brewers send Cardinals to 7th straight loss

2024-05-12 11:47 Last Updated At:11:50

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Rhys Hoskins hit a go-ahead three-run home run in the seventh inning and the Milwaukee Brewers beat St. Louis 5-3 on Saturday night, sending the Cardinals to their seventh straight loss.

Milwaukee trailed 3-2 when Hoskins hit his team-leading ninth homer, a 407-foot blast to center off reliever Andrew Kittredge (0-2).

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Milwaukee Brewers' Rhys Hoskins hits a three run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Rhys Hoskins hit a go-ahead three-run home run in the seventh inning and the Milwaukee Brewers beat St. Louis 5-3 on Saturday night, sending the Cardinals to their seventh straight loss.

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher JoJo Romero throws during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher JoJo Romero throws during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Bryan Hudson throws during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Bryan Hudson throws during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

St. Louis Cardinals' Michael Siani can't catch a three-run home run hit by Milwaukee Brewers' Rhys Hoskins during the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

St. Louis Cardinals' Michael Siani can't catch a three-run home run hit by Milwaukee Brewers' Rhys Hoskins during the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

St. Louis Cardinals' Michael Siani can't catch a three-run home run hit by Milwaukee Brewers' Rhys Hoskins during the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

St. Louis Cardinals' Michael Siani can't catch a three-run home run hit by Milwaukee Brewers' Rhys Hoskins during the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Milwaukee Brewers' Rhys Hoskins is douced after a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Milwaukee. The Brewers won 5-3. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Milwaukee Brewers' Rhys Hoskins is douced after a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Milwaukee. The Brewers won 5-3. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Milwaukee Brewers' Rhys Hoskins celegrates his three-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Milwaukee Brewers' Rhys Hoskins celegrates his three-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

The NL-Central leading Brewers have eight straight wins over the Cardinals, dating to last season. It’s Milwaukee’s longest winning streak all-time against St. Louis.

The Cardinals, last in the division and nine games behind Milwaukee, have the longest current losing streak in the majors.

“I watched a lot of those moments last year,” said Hoskins, who missed the entire season with a torn right ACL. “So, just to kind of be right back in those is a ton of fun, but something that I'll never really take for granted.”

Milwaukee starter Freddy Peralta, who walked six batters in five innings in his last outing, walked one and struck out eight, giving up three runs in six innings.

Relievers Hoby Milner (1-0), Bryan Hudson and Trevor Megill held St. Louis in check, allowing four hits in three shutout innings. Megill earned his fourth save.

"That was really cool," Megill said of Hoskins’ homer,

With two outs and a runner on first base in the ninth inning, Paul Goldschmidt tried to rally the Cardinals with a single off Megill, breaking a career-worst 0-for-32 skid. Goldschmidt had struck out in his first four at-bats, including twice with two runners on base.

Megill locked down the win by coaxing a fly out by Nolan Arenado, who went 0 for 5.

St. Louis starter Kyle Gibson struck out seven batters and walked four in five innings. The 36-year-old right-hander had thrown six or more innings in each of his first seven starts this season.

“We have to believe in ourselves and figure out if how we're going about our business is the way we want to do it and, if it is, you've got to keep going," Gibson said. "You've got to pick yourself up after nights like tonight. That's obviously a punch in the gut having the lead there.”

The Brewers scored their first two runs when batters got hit by pitches with the bases loaded. Gibson hit Jake Bauers in the third inning, and JoJo Romero hit Gary Sánchez in the sixth.

Bauers went 2 for 3. William Contreras went 1 for 2 with two walks and has reached base safely in 19 consecutive games, tied for longest in the majors with the Dodgers' Freddie Freeman.

Lars Nootbaar went 2 for 4 with two RBIs for the Cardinals, who had 12 hits, to the Brewers' six.

“The at-bats were way better tonight,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said. “We got beat tonight, we didn't beat ourselves.”

The Cardinals entered Saturday having scored 129 runs, second-worst in the majors behind the White Sox (116).

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cardinals: Activated INF Matt Carpenter from the injured list. Optioned INF José Fermín to Triple-A Memphis.

Brewers: Activated RHP Mitch White. Optioned RHP Kevin Herget to Triple-A Nashville.

UP NEXT

Cardinals RHP Miles Mikolas (2-5, 6.43 ERA) faces Brewers RHP Bryse Wilson (2-1, 2.40 ERA).

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Milwaukee Brewers' Rhys Hoskins hits a three run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Milwaukee Brewers' Rhys Hoskins hits a three run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher JoJo Romero throws during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher JoJo Romero throws during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Bryan Hudson throws during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Bryan Hudson throws during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

St. Louis Cardinals' Michael Siani can't catch a three-run home run hit by Milwaukee Brewers' Rhys Hoskins during the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

St. Louis Cardinals' Michael Siani can't catch a three-run home run hit by Milwaukee Brewers' Rhys Hoskins during the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

St. Louis Cardinals' Michael Siani can't catch a three-run home run hit by Milwaukee Brewers' Rhys Hoskins during the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

St. Louis Cardinals' Michael Siani can't catch a three-run home run hit by Milwaukee Brewers' Rhys Hoskins during the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Milwaukee Brewers' Rhys Hoskins is douced after a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Milwaukee. The Brewers won 5-3. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Milwaukee Brewers' Rhys Hoskins is douced after a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Milwaukee. The Brewers won 5-3. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Milwaukee Brewers' Rhys Hoskins celegrates his three-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Milwaukee Brewers' Rhys Hoskins celegrates his three-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

ATLANTA (AP) — The chants of “Mes-si! Mes-si! Mes-si!" started more than an hour before kickoff and kept up throughout Argentina’s 2-0 victory over Canada on Thursday night in the Copa America opener.

Lionel Messi set up both goals on a night he played in his record 35th Copa America match. His pass led to Julián Álvarez's goal in the 49th minute and he extended his tournament assists record to 18 when he fed Lautaro Martínez in the 89th.

“You need someone like Leo to make that pass," Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni said.

Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium was transformed into a sea of blue and white jerseys as if it was an Argentina home game. Messi remained at 108 international goals, despite several good scoring opportunities. His 13 career Copa America goals are four shy of the record.

“I feel like we’ve had a good match plan and we’ve executed a lot of good things but he’s so good," Canada coach Jesse Marsch said.

The match was Messi's last as a 36 year old. He turns 37 on Monday, and Argentina plays Chile the following day at East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Albiceleste finish the first round against Peru on June 29 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, not far from Messi's club home in Fort Lauderdale with Major League Soccer's Inter Miami. The July 14 final also is at Hard Rock.

Messi failed to convert on a pair of excellent chances. Goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau made a diving stop in the 65th minute and Messi’s attempt off the rebound was blocked by the head of defender Derek Cornelius. Messi put a chip wide after he came in alone on Crépeau in the 79th.

“On the field everything goes so fast. Obviously you know Messi is there," Crépeau said.

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Argentina's Lionel Messi blows a bubble ahead of a Copa America Group A soccer match against Canada in Atlanta, Thursday, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Argentina's Lionel Messi blows a bubble ahead of a Copa America Group A soccer match against Canada in Atlanta, Thursday, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Argentina's Lionel Messi controls the ball during a Copa America Group A soccer match against Canada in Atlanta, Thursday, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Argentina's Lionel Messi controls the ball during a Copa America Group A soccer match against Canada in Atlanta, Thursday, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Argentina's Lionel Messi reacts after missing a chance during a Copa America Group A soccer match against Canada in Atlanta, Thursday, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Argentina's Lionel Messi reacts after missing a chance during a Copa America Group A soccer match against Canada in Atlanta, Thursday, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Argentina's Lionel Messi, 10, and Canada's Jonathan Osorio battle for the ball during a Copa America Group A soccer match in Atlanta, Thursday, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Argentina's Lionel Messi, 10, and Canada's Jonathan Osorio battle for the ball during a Copa America Group A soccer match in Atlanta, Thursday, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Argentina's Lautaro Martinez, right, embraces teammate Lionel Messi at the end of a Copa America Group A soccer match against Canada in Atlanta, Thursday, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Argentina's Lautaro Martinez, right, embraces teammate Lionel Messi at the end of a Copa America Group A soccer match against Canada in Atlanta, Thursday, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Argentina's Lionel Messi, left, and Canada's Stephen Eustaquio battle for the ball during a Copa America Group A soccer match in Atlanta, Thursday, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Jason Allen)

Argentina's Lionel Messi, left, and Canada's Stephen Eustaquio battle for the ball during a Copa America Group A soccer match in Atlanta, Thursday, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Jason Allen)

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