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MILWAUKEE - Center fielder Jon Jay hit a three-run home run and right-hander Lance Lynn struck out 11 as the St. Louis Cardinals snapped the Milwaukee Brewers' nine-game winning streak with a 4-0 victory Monday night at Miller Park.

Lynn held Milwaukee to three runs and three walks over seven innings. In his last three starts against the Brewers -- a span of 19 1/3 innings -- Lynn has held them to just one earned run.

Jay's home run capped off a big sixth inning for the Cardinals, who overcame two defensive gems by the Brewers to score three runs in the inning against Milwaukee right-hander Matt Garza.

Left fielder Matt Holiday singled to open the inning but was thrown out at home trying to score on first baseman Matt Adams' double.

Brewers left fielder Logan Shafer struggled to pick up the ball at the wall, but made a spot-on throw and shortstop Jean Segura's relay got to catcher Jonathan Lucroy just in time to nab a sliding Holliday.

Adams was also retired on the base paths as first baseman Lyle Overbay made a heads-up throw to third on right fielder Allen Craig's fielder's choice.

But Garza couldn't close it out, giving up a single to shortstop Jhonny Peralta and then hanging a slider on 1-2 to Jay, who drove it to right for his first homer of the season.

Aside from the sixth, Garza was effective, allowing only four hits and a walk while recording five of his six strikeouts over the first five innings.

After stranding two runners in the first, the Cardinals got on the board in the second on a solo home run by Peralta -- his third of the season.

Lynn, meanwhile, made quick work of the Milwaukee lineup. The Cardinals' defense erased a first-inning single by shortstop Jean Segura with a double play and Overbay was left stranded after drawing a two-out walk in the second.

Garza settled in after the Peralta home run, retiring 12 of the next 14 batters and in the fifth, got both Lynn and third baseman Matt Carpenter on called strikeouts.

Carpenter was ejected after his strikeout by home plate umpire Bob Davidson.

Garza himself struck out looking to end the fifth, with runners at second and third -- Milwaukee's best scoring threat of the night.

NOTES: The Cardinals went 14-5 against the Brewers last season and were 8-2 at Miller Park. ... Milwaukee lost the first game of a series for the first time this season. ... Cardinals manager Mike Matheny spent his first five major league seasons with the Brewers, who selected him in the eighth round of the 1991 MLB Draft. ... The Brewers' bullpen has struck out 43 batters in 33 innings this season and leads the majors with a 0.82 ERA.
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