Cards take 3-2 lead over bumbling Brewers

Manager Tony La Russa of the St. Louis Cardinals watches his team take batting practice. (Photo: Flickr/Keith Allison)

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The bumbling Brewers made four errors that led to three unearned runs, and the St. Louis Cardinals survived a short start by Jaime Garcia to beat Milwaukee 7-1 and take a 3-2 lead in the NL championship series.

Yadier Molina and Matt Holliday had three hits each for St. Louis. The Cards raced to a 3-0 lead in the second when Molina doubled in a run and third baseman Jerry Hairston Jr. allowed Garcia's grounder to go through his legs. Holliday capped the scoring with a two-run single in the eighth.

Milwaukee's infield nearly went for the cycle in errors. Second baseman Rickie Weeks and shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt also committed miscues along with reliever Marco Estrada.

St. Louis can wrap up the best-of-seven series and its 18th NL pennant on Sunday in Milwaukee, where the Brewers posted the best home record in the majors during the regular season.