The St. Louis Cardinals poured cold water for the second night in a row on the formerly red hot Milwaukee Brewers.
Shelby Miller hurled six strong innings, allowing only one earned run on three hits and three walks. He struck out seven Milwaukee batters. Miller was a little bit wild in the early going, at one point walking back-to-back hitters. But he found a groove later and won his fourth-consecutive decision against the Brew Crew.
Infielder Mark Ellis, fresh off the disabled list, sacrificed home a run in each of his first two Cardinals at-bats. Allen Craig doubled home Matt Carpenter, Matt Holliday hit a solo homer and Jhonny Peralta hit a two-run shot to provide the 6-1 margin of victory for St. Louis.
Peralta's homer was his fourth in the first two weeks of the season to lead the Cardinals. Last season the Redbirds shortstops only hit four home runs over the course of the entire season. Peralta also had a double during the game.
Matt Adams also had two hits Tuesday to raise his season batting average to .370 but he didn't factor in the scoring. Somehow Adams has two RBIs while Craig, hitting .143, has four.
The Redbirds improved to 9-4 while the Brewers, who had won nine consecutive games before the Cardinals came to town, fell to 10-4.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Miller
Cardinals Play of the Game: Craig's double was the best looking hit he's had all season. It followed a fly out to the warning track in his first at-bat which he just missed riding out of the ballpark.
Lowlight: Ryan Braun managed to finally get a hit in the series, a soft liner, although he also hit into a double play and had a strikeout. He's hitting 1-for-7 in the Cardinals series with two double plays, three whiffs and a pop-up.