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MILWAUKEE -- Jon Jay hit his third home run of the season and drove in the winning run with a ninth-inning single as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 7-6, on Saturday at Miller Park.

The victory was St. Louis' third in a row against Milwaukee and fifth in six meetings this season.

Milwaukee had 14 hits, but the Brewers hit into four double plays, three of them by Jean Segura, and stranded eight runners while going 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

After putting his team in an early 2-0 hole, Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright settled in and retired 10 of the next 11 Milwaukee batters before allowing back-to-back one-out singles in the fifth.

The Brewers couldn't do anything with those hits and Wainwright set0 down another four in a row before Carlos Gomez hit a home run in the sixth to make it a 4-3 game.

Martin Maldonado followed with a single and moved to third on Alex Gonzalez's double. Then Jonathan Lucroy, batting for Yovani Gallardo, put Milwaukee ahead with a two-run single up the middle.

Wainwright continued to struggle, hitting Norichika Aoki for a second time, and manager Mike Matheny handed the ball to right-hander Joe Kelly, who coached Segura to hit into an inning-ending double play.

With their first lead of the series, the Brewers turned things over to the bullpen, but Tom Gorzelanny gave up to two-run home run to Daniel Descalso in the seventh, putting the Cardinals ahead, 6-5.

Milwaukee tied the game in the eighth, when Aoki's squeeze bunt scored pinch-runner Jeff Bianchi, but Segura ended the inning again, hitting into his third double play of the day.

Shane Robinson led off the ninth with a single off Milwaukee closer Jim Henderson and advanced to second on an error by Carlos Gomez. Robinson stole third and easily scored on Jay's single.

Milwaukee got to Wainwright in the first inning, taking a 2-0 lead on Segura's fourth home run of the season.

Ryan Braun struck out before the Brewers followed by loading the bases, but they couldn't get another run across before Wainwright recovered.

The missed opportunities came back to haunt Milwaukee in the second.

Allen Craig led off with a single and, after Yadier Molina grounded out to first, David Freese singled.

Jay was next and he sent Gallardo's 2-and-0 fastball over the center field fence for his third home run of the season, giving the Cardinals a 3-2 lead.

NOTES: Yuniesky Betancourt's first-inning single was the 1,000th hit of his career. Betancourt was back in the cleanup spot Saturday, replacing Aramis Ramirez. Ramirez returned from the disabled list Friday, but was given a day off for precautionary reasons. ... Cardinals 3B David Freese has had at least two hits in his last three games. ... Carlos Gomez singled in the first inning, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. Gomez began the day hitting .367, tops in the National League. ... Cardinals RHP Trevor Rosenthal leads MLB relievers with 23 strikeouts this season. ... Brewers pitchers are hitting .186 this season (11-for-59) but are hitting .458 when making contact, including two home runs by Gallardo.
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