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Brewers 5, Cardinals 1: Sticking around in first place

Boo yah!

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Win: Wily Peralta (2-0)
Loss: Joe Kelly (1-1)

HR: Allen Craig (1)


The Brewers have lost about 2/3 of their games against the Cardinals since playing St. Louis in the 2011 NLCS. Over this three game series, they have held true to that stat, with two losses in three games.

But you know what, oh well. Because the Brewers did win one of the three and by virtue of that are still in first place in the NL Central. By two games, in fact! So, oh well, the Cardinals looked like the Cardinals for two games of a series. Big whoop. Now the Brewers don't have to deal with them until...uh...12 days from now. Neat.

In the meantime, the Brewers can revel in their 5-1 win that saw Wily Peralta pitch like the stud he is. He went 6.1 innings, allowing one run on just six hits. He only had three stikeouts, but just one walk against the patient Cardinals offense made up for that.

Meanwhile, the Brewers' offense finally found a bit of a spark. Carlos Gomez drove in Logan Schafer with a double for the first run of the game in the third inning. Jonathan Lucroy and Aramis Ramirez combined to drive in three more in the fifth before Allen Craig homered for the lone St. Louis run. The Brewers got an insurance run in the eighth, though, when Lyle Overbay drew a bases loaded walk. I guess if you can't hit anymore, wait for the walk.

The Brewers will move on to another series with the Pirates next. If you'll remember, the Brewers crushed their hopes and dreams in a sweep earlier this month. However, these upcoming games will be in PNC Park. So now Milwaukee gets to rub it in on Pittsburgh's home turf!

First pitch tomorrow is scheduled for 6:05 CT.