MILWAUKEE (Ticker) --
tied a career high with four RBI as the St. Louis Cardinals pounded out 17 hits en route to a 7-5 victory over the
, who remained winless at home.
Filling in for injured right fielder J.D. Drew, Palmeiro continued to produce and raised his batting average to .414. He belted a solo homer in the top of the fourth that forged a 3-3 tie and two innings later delivered a two-run double to make it 5-3.
"My game is the same all the time," said Palmeiro, who batted .300 with Anaheim last season. "That is to put the ball in play and hope that good things happen. That's what happened tonight."
"We didn't know he would hit a home run," Milwaukee manager
said. "It was a big hit for them and he had the other big hit for them. He's a good bad ball hitter. He does a good job of hitting balls out of the zone. It's hard to work him."
Palmeiro, whose other four-RBI game was last September 3, added a sacrifice fly in the second that plated St. Louis' first run.
"Right now, I'm taking pitches I should be swinging at because I'm still trying to learn the league," Palmeiro said. "The more time I'm out there and the more I'm watching from the field, I get more comfortable."
(1-1) got the win, despite some shaky moments. He allowed three runs in the bottom of the first and lasted 5 1/3 innings, surrendering five runs and eight hits.
Three relievers followed and combined to hold the Brewers to one hit in 3 1/3 scoreless innings before
on a groundout to notch his third save.
St. Louis left fielder
left after being hit on the right thumb by a pitch by reliever
in the seventh. X-Rays were negative and he is listed as day-to-day.
(1-1) was reached for six runs - five earned - and 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings. He exited with fatigue in his right shoulder.
After allowing nine runs in Wednesday's loss at Colorado, Tomko fell behind 3-0 without retiring a batter. He allowed an RBI single to
and a bases-loaded walk to
scored on second baseman
"I had to make adjustments," Tomko said. "We have a powerful offense. That gives us a chance to win. My job is to settle down and give us a chance to win. That was the thing - to try and get zeroes after the first inning."
He struck out
and got former Cardinal
to hit into a double play. Tomko worked out of jam in the second by striking out Sexson and Jenkins and gave up just three hits the rest of the way.
"The club takes a lot of pride about playing nine innings," St. Louis manager
Tony La Russa
said. "Come heck or high water, whether we fall behind, we'll play nine innings or while we're ahead we'll play nine innings. If we do that, then we have our best chance to win."
Ritchie gave up a run apiece in the next three frames before Palmeiro's double gave St. Louis the lead for good.
Before Palmeiro belted his first homer as a Cardinal,
homered with two outs in the third.
Palmeiro capped the three-run fifth by racing home on second baseman
's error. An RBI single by former Brewer
closed the scoring for St. Louis, which has won three in a row.
Hammonds jammed his right ankle trying to snare Palmeiro's home run and will be re-evaluated Tuesday.
Milwaukee center fielder
came within a homer of hitting for the cycle. He settled for a sacrifice fly in the sixth.