Pujols, who added an RBI single in the fourth inning, went 2-for-6, dropping his major league-leading batting average to .378.
"Great pitching stops him but he's got a lot of weapons when he goes up there," Cardinals manager
Tony La Russa
said. "You can't make many mistakes."
(3-5), who snapped a three-game losing streak, was staked to a big early lead as Cairo's shot gave the Cardinals a 6-0 lead in the third.
Moved down to sixth in the lineup after going 19-for-80 in the leadoff spot, Cairo also contributed an RBI single in a three-run ninth.
"Today, I did something different and when you work hard, something good is going to happen," Cairo said. "When I see myself in the lineup, I just concentrate. There are three hours in a game and I tried to take advantage of those three hours."
Stephenson became the first St. Louis starter to win in 11 games, allowing two runs and five hits in seven innings with a walk and four strikeouts.
"Sometimes it's (pitching with a big lead) difficult, but whether you get a lot of runs or zero runs, you have to treat it like a 0-0 game," Stephenson said. "I just went out and tried to do the best I could and not walk people but not throw over the middle so I get crushed."
"As the game went on, he was getting tougher," Brewers manager
hit a two-run homer in the sixth for the Cardinals that made it 9-1. But he left the game with two outs in the ninth after suffered a bruised left hip while making a leaping catch against the center fence to rob
of an extra-base hit. Edmonds is listed as day-to-day.
(5-5) was denied the first three-game winning streak of his career. He was tagged for eight runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings.
"The results were horrible but I felt all right," Kinney said. "They hit the ball pretty well and when you make a mistake, they kill you. If you leave balls up and leave them over the middle, a team like that is going to kill you."
"This is a fly ball ballpark, but that doesn't mean we stop working on keeping the ball down," Yost added. "The home runs they were hitting were not good, clean home runs. They were just getting the ball up."
Kinney faced a deficit before retiring a batter as
singled and Edmonds walked in front of Pujols' homer, his 19th of the season. Pujols remained tied with Edmonds for the team lead. Cairo's homer was just his second of the year.
"We just got off to a quick start with a couple nice swings and we had great at-bats up and down the lineup," La Russa said. "Garrett did a real great job. It was not easy to pitch with a big lead and he did."
Both bullpens and benches emptied after Milwaukee's Victor De Los Santos hit
in the back in the sixth inning. There were no punches thrown and no ejections, but Martinez, who has been hampered by a hamstring problem, left the game.
recorded his 1,500th career hit with a single in the seventh.