ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- The St. Louis Cardinals undoubtedly wish they could have played like this more frequently over the last month.
and two relievers combined on a three-hitter and
went 4-for-4 and tied a career high with five RBI as the Cardinals routed the
homered for St. Louis, which trails first-place Houston by five games in the National League Central Division with eight to play. The Cardinals also are four games back of the second-place
"Every game is big right now," Perez said. "We have to get out there and we have to play, we have to play hard and win."
Rolen started the scoring with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the second inning against
(10-12). The Cardinals had a 2-0 edge before scoring five times against Kinney in the fifth on RBI singles by Rolen and Renteria and a three-run homer by Perez.
"Everybody seemed to be clicking tonight and balls were flying," Rolen said. "We were swinging the bats well."
Renteria, who was 10-for-14 in the four-game series, added an RBI double in the seventh off
and capped the scoring an inning later with a three-run double off
"It felt great," Renteria said. "It was a night where you hit everything and it goes through. Everything was well-hit and it was a big night."
Williams (16-9), who had lost five of his previous six decisions, yielded three hits in seven innings and set a career high for wins.
did not allow a hit thereafter, closing out the Cardinals' seventh win in 18 games.
"It was nice to win and actually pitch halfway decent," Williams said. "It's been a long time since that happened and it's nice to have a chance to turn it around."
"(Williams) just got stronger and stronger as he went along, which is kind of the way Woody is," Cardinals manager
Tony La Russa
said. "The deeper he gets into the game, it just seems that he makes better and better pitches."
Kinney surrendered seven runs and 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings.
"I didn't make a lot of good pitches, and if you do that against this team, they're going to do what they did tonight," Kinney said. "The way I pitched was pretty embarrassing, actually."
"He just made some pitches kind of over the plate, and these guys, boy, they have a tremendous offensive team, and it just seems that every time they swing the bat they find a hole," Brewers manager
said. "At least that's the way it's been against us."