ST. LOUIS (WAOW) -- The Brewers jumped on NL ERA leader Adam Wainwright early, using a four run sixth inning to open Friday's game up and defeat the Cardinals 7-4 in St. Louis.
The win improves the Brewers record to 5-5 against St. Louis this season, and increases their lead over the Cardinals in the NL Central standings to three games.
Aramis Ramirez started the scoring for Milwaukee, leading off the second with a solo home run.
The sixth inning was highlighted by a controversial call at second base. Milwaukee's Jean Segura was ruled safe on a force play at second base. The Cardinals challenged the call and Segura appeared to have been out, but the call was not overturned.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was ejected, and Jonathan Lucroy drove in three of the Brewers four runs in that inning with a bases-clearing double.
Milwaukee took a 7-2 lead into the 9th inning, but just as the Rays did on Wednesday, St. Louis rallied, forcing Ron Roenicke to call on Francisco Rodriguez, who closed the door and earned his 32nd save of the season.
The Brewers take on the Cardinals Saturday night in the second of this three game series. First pitch is scheduled for 6:15 p.m.
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