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St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Aramis Ramirez homered and drove in two
runs and the Milwaukee Brewers torched St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright
for seven runs in a 7-4 win to open a three-game series Friday night.
Ramirez had three hits and Jonathan Lucroy added two, including a three-run
double as the Brewers won their second in a row.
Wainwright (13-6) had only given up more than two runs once in his past nine
starts but was dusted for nine hits in 5 1/3 innings Friday. He walked three
and struck out five.
Wily Peralta (13-6) went 6 2/3 innings for Milwaukee, allowing two runs on
five hits and four walks to earn his fourth straight win.
"We'll just continue hopefully to play good baseball," Brewers manager Ron
Roenicke said. "We need to concentrate on every game. They're all important."
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was ejected by second base umpire Will Little
after coming to the mound to pull Wainwright in the sixth inning.
Little called a balk on Wainwright in the fifth inning and called Jean Segura
safe at second on a close play in the sixth that the Cardinals challenged, to
no avail. Though it appeared he made only a brief comment to the umpire as he
walked off the mound, Matheny said he gave Little "every reason" to eject him.
"What I saw was wrong," Matheny said.
Ramirez knocked a 3-0 pitch into the visitors bullpen leading off the second
inning, his 13th homer of the season, for Milwaukee's first run. Wainwright
got out of a bases-loaded jam when Peralta grounded into an inning-ending
double play, but the Brewers scored again in the third when Ramirez doubled in
Lucroy to make it 2-0.
In the fifth, Carlos Gomez hit a one-out single, went to second on the balk
and scored on Ryan Braun's ground-rule double to right field to give the
Brewers a 3-0 lead.
After Segura and Elian Herrera moved up to second and third base on Peralta's
sacrifice bunt in the sixth, Wainwright hit Gomez and gave up a three-run
double to Lucroy before he was pulled. Braun added an RBI double off Seth
Maness to make it 7-0.
Matt Holliday homered to start the sixth inning and Matt Carpenter had an RBI
single off Peralta in the seventh. Carpenter added a two-run triple in the
ninth inning off Zach Duke.
Gerardo Parra, who was acquired by the Brewers from Arizona in exchange for a
pair of minor league players before Thursday's trade deadline, came in as a
defensive substitution at left field in the seventh inning and struck out in
the eighth ... The Cardinals started a six-game road trip that will also take
them to Boston. They acquired veteran starter John Lackey from the Red Sox on
Thursday ahead of the non-waiver trade deadline.