Spectacular game-ending catch saves Milwaukee Brewers’ day vs. St. Louis

The Brewers’ Keon Broxton catches a ball at the wall hit by the St. Louis Cardinals’ Randal Grichuk for the final out Wednesday in Milwaukee. (AP photo)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Pitcher Corey Knebel told center fielder Keon Broxton he owes him big time.

For good reason.

Domingo Santana and Jonathan Villar homered in the sixth inning, and Broxton made a leaping catch over the wall for the final out in the Milwaukee Brewers’ 6-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.

Knebel pitched the ninth for his 30th save. He allowed a leadoff single to Yadier Molina, struck out the next two, and then watched Broxton snag Randal Grichuk’s deep blast to end the game.

“I wouldn’t say it’s the best one I’ve ever made, but it’s definitely one of the most important ones I’ve made,” Broxton said. “It’s huge. It’s everything. It’s what every outfielder dreams of: making a catch like that in the bottom of the ninth to secure the win. It was a lot of fun, for sure.”

Broxton replaced starting center fielder Hernan Perez with one out in the eighth as part of a double switch.

“I’m glad he was in there, for sure,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. “Although Hernan Perez says he would’ve made the play.”

Chase Anderson (8-3) gave up two hits — both homers — in six innings, three earned runs, struck out six and walked two to improve to 4-0 in nine starts at Miller Park this season.

Santana hit his 22nd homer of the season and Villar’s was his 10th, giving Milwaukee a franchise-record nine players with at least 10 homers in a season.

St. Louis fell 2 1/2 games behind the second-place Brewers in the NL Central despite two home runs from Tommy Pham, who has 19 on the season.

Carlos Martinez (10-10) allowed 10 hits, six runs — three earned — and struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings.