MILWAUKEE (AP) – Nolan Gorman got 4 on 4 with two solo homers and four RBIs as the St. The Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-2 on Tuesday night to regain a share of the NL Central lead.
The Cardinals and Brewers are both 39-31 after splitting the first two games of this four-game series. St. Louis stopped the Brewers’ four-game winning streak.
Gorman broke a 2-on-2 draw and put the Cardinals ahead for good with a Hostage in the center by Chi Chi González (0-1) in the fourth inning. Widened the lead to 4-2 with a drive over the wall of the right field against Miguel Sánchez in the seventh.
Since making his big league debut on May 20, Gorman has six homers in 29 games. His top five all traveled at least 400 feet, including his 428 feet in the fourth. The series ended when the Homer of the seventh football reached 396 feet.
Zack Thompson (1-0), Drew VerHagen, Giovanny Gallegos and Ryan Helsley combined to allow just one hit and one walk in six innings without a score. The Brewers had just four hits.
Gorman’s big night started with a single RBI two-out in the first as the Cardinals took a 2-0 lead. Milwaukee’s Willy Adames equalized in the second half with a two-row hostage from Jack Flaherty.
But the brewers failed to capitalize on Flaherty’s control issues.
Flaherty withdrew only one of his first five batters – allowing Adames’ Homer and three walks – but avoided further damage to his three-pointer by constantly coming out of trouble. Flaherty matched five hikes.
This was Flaherty’s second appearance after an injection of platelet-rich plasma in March, and he recovered from a shoulder inflammation. Flaherty made his season debut Wednesday, allowing four series – two wins – over three innings in a 6-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
González (0-1) allowed three runs and four hits in four two-hit runs and one walk in his Brewers debut after resigning from Minnesota a week ago. González replaces Aaron Ashby, who was ruled out with a hamstring injury on Monday.
Cardinals: 1B Paul Goldschmidt was not in the squad due to what coach Oliver Marmol described as a tight back. “He will experience it from time to time,” Marmol said before the game. “Usually she takes a day off, relaxes, gets treated and returns it. That’s our hope. ” H RHP Jordan Hicks made a scoreless inning on a recovery assignment with Triple-A Memphis as he recovers from a forearm strain. He threw 14 pitches, walked one hit and did not allow to hit.
Brewers: Director Craig Counsell said Kolten Wong had a setback in his recovery from a right calf strain and is not doing anything on the pitch at the moment, although the second key is waving a bat. Wong has not played since June 7.… IF Mike Brosseau (ankle) and RHP Trevor Gott (right groin) began restoration work Tuesday with its Brewers’ Single-A subsidiary in Appleton, Wisconsin.
RHP Adam Wainwright (5-5, 3.06 ERA) starts for the Cardinals and LHP Eric Lauer (6-2, 3.57) accepts the call for the Brewers as this four-game series continues through Wednesday night.
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