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Brewers beat Cards, take first place in NL Central at break

Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Carlos Gomez went 3-for-4 with two RBI and 
three  runs scored,  as Milwaukee cruised into the All-Star break with an 11-2 
victory over St. Louis in the finale of a three-game set. 

Scooter  Gennett  added three hits, two  RBI and scored twice for the Brewers, 
who avoided a sweep and a winless homestand (1-6), while putting the brakes on 
a seven-game slide and taking a one-game lead over their Sunday foes for first 
place in the NL Central. 

"It makes the break a lot funner," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said of ending 
the  losing  streak. "If you  lose today, you're not  sure when this streak is 
going to end." 

Elian  Herrera  finished a career-best 5-for-5  and scored three times for the 
hosts,  while Ryan  Braun drove in two  and Khris Davis added a solo homer and 
two RBI. 

Wily  Peralta (10-6) allowed one unearned run on three hits while fanning five 
over seven solid innings. 

Matt  Adams and  George Kottaras knocked in  a run each for the Cardinals, who 
lost for just the second time in their last seven. 

"Let's  get some  rest,  enjoy your  family and  enjoy  your time," Cardinal
manager Mike Matheny said of the upcoming All-Star break 

Carlos  Martinez (2-4) lasted just four frames in defeat, tagged for four runs 
on seven hits with five strikeouts and three walks. 

Ahead  by  a run,  Gennett brought  home two in  the bottom  half on a two-out 
double,  then  Davis cranked  up a  two-out solo shot  in the  fifth for a 5-1 
Brewers advantage. 

The  hosts extended their advantage with three more runs in the sixth courtesy 
of three RBI singles from Gomez, Braun and Aramis Ramirez. 

Gomez  sent Herrera home with a double in the seventh which pushed Milwaukee's 
lead to 9-1. 

In  the  eighth, with runners  on second and third  after a Ramirez single and 
Jonathan  Lucroy ground-rule double, a Davis groundout scored Ramirez and Lyle 
Overbay brought in Lucroy with a single to left. 

St. Louis picked up a run in the ninth. Peter Bourjos walked and Adams singled 
to  put runners  on  the corners,  then Gennett  bobbled  a Kottaras  grounder 
leading  to  Bourjos crossing the  plate. Francisco Rodriguez retired the next 
two batters to end the game. 

Milwaukee  struck twice in the opening inning. Gomez and Gennett singled, then 
Braun's  high blooper  along the right-field line managed to score both before 
Braun was thrown out trying to reach second. 

In  the  Cards' fourth,  Kolten Wong  fanned but  managed to  reach first on a 
third-strike passed ball, stole second, moved to third on a groundout and came 
home on an Adams grounder to third. 

                                   Game Notes 

Milwaukee's  first  four hitters  --  Gomez,  Gennett,  Braun and  Ramirez  -- 
combined  to go  11-for-17 with six runs  scored and seven RBI ... The Brewers 
tied  a  season high with  19 hits  ... Mike Matheny  will manage the N.L. All 
Stars  on Tuesday, the  fifth Cards skipper to do so (Tony La Russa 2005, '07, 
'12;  Whitey  Herzog '83,  '86,  '88;  Red  Schoendienst  '68, '69  and  Billy 
Southworth 1943-44). 

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