08/01 22:40 CDT Peralta wins 13th, Brewers beat Cardinals 7-4
Peralta wins 13th, Brewers beat Cardinals 7-4
AP Sports Writer
ST. LOUIS (AP) --- Wily Peralta won his 13th game to tie for the National
League lead and Aramis Ramirez powered the Milwaukee Brewers with a home run
and RBI double off St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright in a 7-4 victory
Jonathan Lucroy's bases-clearing double chased Wainwright (13-6) in a four-run
sixth inning that put Milwaukee up by six. The NL Central leaders are three
games ahead of the Cardinals.
Matt Carpenter had two hits and three RBIs and Matt Holliday homered for St.
Louis, which has lost three of four.
Peralta, Wainwright and the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw all have 13 wins. Last
year, the 25-year-old Peralta was 11-15 with a 4.37 ERA in his first full
season in the majors.
Peralta (13-6) allowed two runs and five hits in 6 2-3 innings to win his
fourth straight start. He's given up two or fewer runs in all of them, a
stretch that began with seven innings of three-hit ball and no earned runs at
home against the Cardinals on July 13.
Ramirez is a career .407 hitter against Wainwright, the best in the majors
against the St. Louis ace, with three homers, eight doubles and eight RBIs.
Ramirez hit his 13th homer leading off the second, made it 2-0 with an RBI
double in the third and had an infield hit in the fifth.
Francisco Rodriguez got the final out for his 32nd save in 36 chances.
Brewers: Kyle Lohse (11-5, 3.07) and Matt Garza (7-7, 3.74) are both being
moved up a day to counter the Cardinals slotting their two new acquisitions,
Justin Masterson (4-6, 5.51) and John Lackey (11-7, 3.60) on Saturday and
Sunday. The Brewers' scheduled Saturday starter, Jimmy Nelson, was scratched
due to a blister.
Cardinals: Masterson, acquired from the Indians for prospect James Ramsey, was
activated from the 15-day disabled list from right knee inflammation that
sidelined him July 8.
Brewers: Second baseman Scooter Gennett was a lineup scratch with a bruised
left index finger sustained bunting in early batting practice. He's day to day.
Left fielder Khris Davis was taken out due to left calf tightness in the
seventh and was replaced by Gerardo Parra.
Cardinals: Lance Lynn gets two extra days' rest after getting bumped by Lackey
on Sunday. "We've worked him pretty hard," manager Mike Matheny said. "I don't
think it's going to hurt him."
WAY OFF FORM
Wainwright entered among the NL leaders with a 1.92 ERA and had pitched at
least seven innings in eight of his previous nine starts. He has allowed seven
runs twice this season, both at home, lasting just 4 1-3 innings in a loss to
the Giants on May 30.
After removing Wainwright in the sixth, Matheny was ejected for apparently
continuing to argue about an appeal that was denied. Jean Segura waited for
Elian Herrera's bloop hit to drop in shallow center and barely beat a throw for
a force attempt. The safe call was upheld.
DUCKS ON POND
The Brewers loaded the bases three times against Wainwright, finally cashing in
on Lucroy's three-run double. Herrera was doubled off first after Peralta lined
out to short to end the second.
Ramirez hits the Cardinals well, period. He's 12 for 29 (.414) on the year with
two homers and seven RBIs. ... The Brewers have won two straight by a total
score of 12-4 after totaling just two runs in a three-game losing streak.