The Milwaukee Brewers needed a strong pitching performance with a struggling offense and they got it from Wily Peralta Wednesday afternoon. Peralta improved to 2-0 by working six and a third innings, scattering six hits and allowing only an Alan Craig home run as the Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 to avoid getting swept at Miller Park. The Brewer offense managed only one run and six hits in the first two games of the series. It looked like Joe Kelly would keep the bats quiet. The Cards starter had given up only one unearned run before leaving the game in the 5th inning when he pulled up lame running out a sacrifice bunt. The Brewers then got to the St. Louis bullpen as Jonathan Lucroy knocked in two runs with a single, Aramis Ramirez kept his bat warm going three for four with an RBI. Francisco Rodriguez gave up a couple of hits in the ninth but worked out of the jam to preserve the win. Milwaukee (11-4) moves two games in front of the Cardinals in the NL Central standings and now hits the road for a four game, weekend series against the Pirates in Pittsburgh. Yovani Gallardo looks to go 3-0 against Edinson Volquez. Pre-Game coverage begins at 5;30 PM on WTAQ.
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