ST. LOUIS - John Lackey emerged a winner in his St. Louis debut, thanks to a three-run seventh-inning rally that lifted the Cardinals to a 3-2 decision over the Milwaukee Brewers in a key NL Central clash.
After mustering a mere one hit against a dominant Matt Garza through the first six innings, the Cardinals rocked the Milwaukee bullpen for five in the deciding seventh to claim Sunday's series rubber match and move within a game of the first-place Brewers in the division race.
Matt Holliday began the comeback with a mammoth solo home run, with A.J. Pierzynski and Oscar Tavares later delivering RBI singles against Jeremy Jeffress (0-1) to put St. Louis in front.
Garza had thrown just 71 pitches and allowed one hitter over the minimum prior to being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the top of the seventh. The Brewers have not revealed whether or not an injury prompted his removal from the game.
Lackey (1-0) was tagged for a pair of early runs, but steadied himself thereafter to throw seven solid innings in his first start since being acquired from Boston at Thursday's trade deadline.
Mark Reynolds belted a solo homer for Milwaukee and Aramis Ramirez went 2- for-4 with an RBI in the loss, the Brewers' fifth in seven games. Ryan Braun also finished with two hits.