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Brewers beat division rival Cardinals, 8-3

Suter’s pitching and bat lead the crew to victory.

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Milwaukee Brewers Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Brewers took the first game of a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals in an 8-3 victory.

Milwaukee got the scoring going with a Manny Piña single in the second. Then Yelich helped add to the lead with his sixth homer of the season in third. The game was broken open after a Brent Suter two-RBI double in the fourth.

Ryan Braun had a strong debut in the fifth spot in the lineup. It was Braun’s first appearance there since 2014. He reached safely in all four at-bats with three hits, three runs, an RBI and a stolen base.

Suter pitched well for his first four innings but ran into trouble in the fifth. First, Yairo Munoz hit a two-run homer against the soft-throwing lefty. Then Matt Carpenter hit a solo homer. That would be all for the Cardinals offense.

The Crew broke it open after a three-run shot from Jonathan Villar in the seventh, helping the Brewers cruise to victory.

Jacob Barnes made an appearance for the first time since May 11. He closed things out with one hit and one strikeout but didn’t allow a walk or a run.

The victory gives the Crew four straight wins. The Brewers take on the Cardinals tomorrow for game two at 6:40 p.m. Zach Davies (2-4, 4.74 ERA) goes against Michael Wacha (5-1, 2.88 ERA).