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But he couldn't argue with La Russa's results.
"He's been doing this for so long and he's been so successful and he's got his reasons," Garcia said. "Today, it worked out really good for us."
Dotel (1-0) struck out two in 1 1-3 hitless innings and four relievers allowed only two hits over 4 1-3 innings. Motte got four outs for his second save of the series.
Cardinals relievers are 2-0 with a 1.66 ERA in 22 2-3 innings, holding batters to a .164 average. The starters are 1-2 with a 6.04 ERA, and have allowed a .340 average.
Only one St. Louis starter has lasted long enough to qualify for a victory, with Chris Carpenter working five innings in Game 3. The previous team to have a starter not pitch into the sixth in the first five games of a postseason series was the 1984 San Diego Padres in the World Series, according to STATS.
With Milwaukee down 5-1 and trying to rally with two on in the eighth, Marc Rzepczynski struck out Prince Fielder. Fielder is 0 for 4 with four strikeouts and two walks against Rzepczynski.
"With two strikes I said I'm just going to bounce at it and see if he swing," Rzepczynski said. "And today, he did."
Greinke left pitches over the plate in some key spots and allowed five runs -- just two earned -- and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings with no strikeouts and two walks.
"I made several mistakes that ended up costing us and they pitched a good game," Greinke said. "I definitely could have done better and made it a better game."
Hart had three hits, breaking out from a 1 for 12 start to the series.
Hairston saved at least one run at third base with a spectacular diving catch to his left on Nick Punto's low liner for the second out. But when he botched Garcia's easy grounder, St. Louis was up 3-0. Garcia's RBI groundout made it 4-0 in he fourth, the first RBI by a Cardinals pitcher in the postseason since Jeff Suppan homered in the 2006 NLCS against the Mets.
Albert Pujols had an RBI single in the sixth to chase Greinke.
NOTES: Braun doubled in the first and has reached base safely in the opening inning of nine straight games, going 7 for 7 with a walk and hit by pitch. He has 22 hits in the postseason, matching the franchise record by Paul Molitor and Robin Yount. ... Chuck Berry, a St. Louis musical icon, performed the national anthem with daughter Ingrid. Wearing his trademark sailor's cap and a No. 84 Cardinals jersey (his age), Berry mostly watched and threw in occasional harmony.
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