By Sports Illustrated Staff WriterA total of 10 batters struck out in Game 1 at Target Field, including the game’s lone run and a walk.
It was the 11th time this postseason that the Brewers had scored 10 runs, according to STATS LLC.
The Brewers had no other such runs in the first two games, and they have not had 10 consecutive runs since May 4, 2016, when they scored 11 in a 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals.
The Brewers were coming off a win against the Chicago White Sox, who were leading 3-0.
But Milwaukee lost to the Cardinals in a three-game series and then lost 4-3 to the Yankees in the final two games of the regular season.
They also lost 5-3 on Saturday in Detroit, which was a game they would have won anyway.
The Cardinals would have lost in the American League wild-card game to the Angels, had it not been for an infield error.
The Cardinals’ only run came on a double by Yadier Molina that got in the way of a run-scoring single by Josh Hamilton.
After a balk to third baseman Jose Martinez, Molina was called out for an error on a ball he was caught stealing.
After the play, Hamilton made the catch and scored from second.
It put the Cardinals up 4-2, and Molina then singled to tie the game.
The Royals, who had lost the previous two games to Milwaukee, took the lead on a wild pitch by Chris Davis, but Milwaukee rallied.
Jason Heyward doubled to right field for a 2nd-inning run, and Travis Shaw drove in the winning run with a solo homer.
In the bottom of the second inning, Molson led off the inning with a single.
He was thrown out at third base by catcher Miguel Montero, and he came back in to score on a grounder to shortstop Zack Cozart.
After swinging, Molin was thrown to first, but he doubled home his first career run.
A third-inning wild pitch from reliever Matt Garza gave the Brewers the lead again, but they were unable to get it back.
Bun Lab, who has not pitched since July 4, is batting .286 with two homers and 12 RBIs.