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Brewers ride five-run inning to win over Cards

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MILWAUKEE -- After dropping nine of their first 11 meetings with the St. Louis Cardinals this season, the Milwaukee Brewers decided to pull a page out of their NL Central rivals' playbook.

A night after being done in by yet another late comeback, Milwaukee scored five runs in the fourth inning and held on for a 6-3 victory over St. Louis Tuesday night at Miller Park.

"We hit some balls good that inning, we got some breaks that inning," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "That certainly was huge. Against them, we don't get many of those."

As the Cardinals did Monday, the Brewers produced a big inning Tuesday on a string of singles.

With Milwaukee trailing 3-0, Jonathan Lucroy and Aramis Ramirez opened the fourth inning with back-to-back base hits off Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn. Lynn's throwing error allowed Khris Davis to reach, loading the bases for Scooter Gennett, who singled into center, scoring Lucroy.

Sean Halton followed with a base hit that scored Ramirez and Davis, tying the game at 3-3, and Milwaukee took the lead when Logan Schafer's flare dropped into short left field, scoring Gennett.

Brewers pitcher Kyle Lohse advanced the runners to second and third with a sacrifice bunt, and Norichika Aoki made it a 5-3 game with a sacrifice fly to left.

"That's baseball," said Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong, who finished 3-for-4 with a double and a stolen base. "One team's going to get breaks that's going to be the deciding factor."

Halton, a rookie, added an RBI single in the fifth, giving Milwaukee a 6-3 lead.

Starting in place of first baseman Juan Francisco, Halton made the most of his opportunity, going 2-for-3 with a walk, a run and a career-high three RBIs.

"It's always good to answer back," Halton said. "They had a big inning last night, and it was good to answer back with a five spot today. Now we have to try and get another one tomorrow."

Milwaukee's big inning helped Lohse (9-8) finally beat his former team. The right-hander entered the night 0-3 with a 5.00 ERA in three starts this season against the Cardinals, for whom Lohse went 55-34 with a 2.90 ERA in 136 starts over the previous five seasons.

"It feels good," Lohse said. "I don't put any more emphasis on any one game over the other. I went out there and tried to do what I've been doing. The team did a great job battling back after I put us down in a little hole, and other than that, it doesn't mean any more beating them. I know we have a stretch here where we're playing a lot of teams that are contending for playoff spots, and I don't care who it is, it feels good to kind of hurt teams' chances."

His only misstep came in the fourth, when Yadier Molina hit his 10th home run of the season, a two-run shot to left-center that gave St. Louis a 3-0 lead.

"(Pitching coach Rick) Kranitz went back and checked the pitch and said it was right where we wanted it," Roenicke said. "(Molina) is a pain to get out, but Kyle thought he made a good pitch and he still ends up hitting a home run on him. Other than that, he was good. His cutter and slider were really good, fastball was located well, and he threw some nice changeups."

Brewers closer Jim Henderson worked a scoreless ninth for his 19th save of the season.

Molina, who went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs, is hitting .417 (20-for-48) with six doubles, two home runs, nine RBIs and nine runs against Milwaukee this season.

Lynn (13-7) went six innings and allowed six runs (four earned) on nine hits and three walks. He struck out two.

"Actually, he had good stuff," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "Then the fourth inning rolled around, and things kind of snowballed and didn't stop. Just like we did yesterday, lots of hits in a row."

NOTES: Milwaukee starters have a combined ERA of 7.39 in 12 games against the Cardinals this season. St. Louis' starters, meanwhile, have a 3.08 ERA against the Brewers. ... Francisco didn't play Tuesday after striking out in his previous eight at-bats. He is 1-for-17 with 13 strikeouts in his past five games. ... With a day game Wednesday, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny rested 2B/3B Matt Carpenter and 1B Allen Craig, who lead the team in runs scored and driven in, respectively. Carpenter pinch-hit in the ninth, drawing a walk.
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