Kapler Lifts Brewers Over Cards in Extras

12th inning single scores winner after Gagne blows another save
By Chip Bayers,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2008 7:40 PM CDT
Milwaukee Brewers' Gabe Gross (14) jumps on a pile as he celebrates with teammates after scoring the game-winning run in the 12th inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday, April...   (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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(Newser) – Gabe Kapler singled home the winning run with one out in the 12th inning and the Milwaukee Brewers overcame another blown save by Eric Gagne, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 9-8 Tuesday. The Brewers wasted a five-run lead before Kapler's hit. The Cardinals' loss came with an oddity: Slugger Albert Pujols wound up playing second base for the first time in his big league career.

Cardinals closer Jason Isringhausen (1-1) walked Gabe Gross with one out. Gross then easily stole second, with Pujols covering the bag. Kapler followed with a flare to right-center and Gross scored without a throw as his teammates streamed out of the dugout. Pujols began the game at first base, and shifted over in the bottom of the ninth after shortstop Cesar Izturis left because of a bruised right forearm.