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 Friday night.
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.
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.
Link to box score: Milwaukee (61-49) 7 at St. Louis (57-51) 4
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