MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke realizes one victory doesn't necessarily end the St. Louis Cardinals' recent dominance over the Brewers.
But it's a start.
Wily Peralta allowed one run in 6 1-3 innings, and the Brewers beat the Cardinals 5-1 Wednesday to avoid a series sweep.
Milwaukee, which entered the series with a nine-game winning streak, had one run and six hits in losing the first two games to St. Louis. The Cardinals won last year's season series 14-5.
"What's really important — most important — is we lost two games to begin the series and we got that game back," Roenicke said. "It's important against our division, but we have to win more games than they do. It's not head to head. We have to win more games this season then they do. That's what we're playing for."
Peralta (2-0) allowed six hits and struck out three, and three pitchers combined for scoreless relief.
"He was a show-stopper today," Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy said. "He stopped their momentum and shut them down. He was a lot of fun to catch."
Cardinals starter Joe Kelly (1-1) gave up an unearned run and three hits in four innings. Kelly left in the middle of the fourth inning with left hamstring tightness after trying to beat out a bunt attempt in the top half.
"I felt like I tried to step a little quicker, maybe a little overextend and hit the bag a little bit before it and ended up tweaking it," said Kelly, who said he was scheduled to return to St. Louis for additional examination and treatment. "I was feeling pretty good. I had three pitches working for me first time the whole year. I had a slider, and a pretty good curve ball breaking down and had some velocity on my fastball and was locating it."
Milwaukee went ahead in the third inning when first baseman Matt Adams misplayed Logan Schafer's leadoff bouncer for an error, Peralta sacrificed and Carlos Gomez hit an RBI double to the wall in right-center, one pitch after bunting foul.
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