Cardinals sweep Brewers as Wainwright posts milestone victory

Rick Hummel, St. Louis Post-Dispatch on

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ST. LOUIS -- After allowing three hits, including a home run, to the first four Milwaukee batters he faced, Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright then allowed only one more hit and a walk as he worked six strong innings Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Milwaukee starter Jhoulys Chacin held the Cardinals hitless for the first three innings but then was tagged for five hits and four runs in the fourth, including a three-run homer by Marcell Ozuna and a solo shot by Yadier Molina.

This flurry was more than enough as the Cardinals posted their fifth consecutive victory, beating the Brewers, 5-2. Wainwright's win was the 150th of his career.

In the last two homestands, the Cardinals have swept both participants in last year's National League championship series, the Brewers (three games) and Los Angeles Dodgers (four games). And they have won 10 of their last 11 games at home, after dropping the first two at Busch to San Diego.

The Cardinals will spend Thursday's off day in first place in the National League Central Division with a 15-9 record, best in the league. They haven't been in first place for three successive days, as they will be, since last May.

Wainwright (2-2), who was scored on only via a homer by Eric Thames, helped himself by throwing two double plays in the first two innings. He set down 13 of the last 14 hitters to face him.

In five starts, he has worked six innings in three of them, allowing a total of only four earned runs.

Ozuna's homer was his ninth of the season and Molina's his second. The Cardinals' other run came on a forceout grounder by Jose Martinez.

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Molina extended his hitting streak to 12 games and Paul Goldschmidt to 11. Jordan Hicks posted his seventh save in eight tries as Andrew Miller labored in the ninth, walking two hitters and hitting one as the Brewers rallied for a run, the only run they scored in the series that didn't come as a result of a home run.

With the bases loaded in the ninth, Hicks struck out pinch hitter Christian Yelich, who tried to check his swing.

The Cardinals finished their 10-game early-season block of games with the Brewers at 5-5 after losing five of the first six. Wainwright had been the only starter not to have opposed the Brewers this season.

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