MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- Bo Hart enjoyed a memorable major league debut.
J.D. Drew and Hart each tripled home two runs during a five-run fifth inning and
recorded his first win in eight starts as the St. Louis Cardinals posted an 8-4 victory over the
St. Louis owned a 3-1 lead with one out and runners on first and second when Drew smacked his fourth triple of the season, opening a four-run cushion.
Their lead had grown to 6-1 when Hart, who was recalled from the minors to replace the injured
, tripled to deep center field off Brewers starter
(1-3) to cap the outburst and give the Cardinals a commanding 8-1 lead.
Starting second baseman
was sidelined by hamstring surgery and backup Cairo suffered a fractured left hand when he was hit by a pitch on Wednesday. But Hart filled in admirably, going 2-for-3 with a walk, two RBI and a run scored.
"It was great," Hart said. "I just tried to make contact (on my double in the second). The second hit, I hit that one better. That got my blood pumping and got rid of the butterflies. I'm floating right now."
"How 'bout that for a day?," Cardinals manager
Tony La Russa
said. "He charged up the dugout. He's a real intense player. He's going to be fun to watch, especially if he plays well."
Hart went through quite an ordeal just to take the field Thursday. He was pulled in the sixth inning of his game for Class AAA Memphis at Tacoma on Wednesday and was told he was going to the majors.
After flying to Milwaukee via Pittsburgh, Hart slept for only an hour before arriving at Miller Park three hours before the first pitch.
"I drank a few cups of coffee and I was ready to go," Hart said. "Tony asked me if I was ready to play and I said, 'Yes.' There's no way I was going to turn him down."
Tomko (3-5) was 0-3 in eight starts since beating Florida on the road on April 25. But in this one, the righthander yielded three runs - two earned - and nine hits in 6 1/3 innings with two walks and three strikeouts.
"The drought is over, thank goodness," Tomko said. "It was a big improvement over the last two times out. I tried to eliminate the 50 thoughts in my head and concentrate on one or two things. The main thing I focused on was keeping the ball down."
matched his career high with four hits for the second time this season, but the Brewers dropped their third straight game and ninth in the last 12.
"It's tough when you get into a hole against a team like that," Sexson said. They've got some good pitching, especially some of those guys in the bullpen. It's hard to come back on guys like that."