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The Milwaukee Brewers took a lead in the third inning and never gave it up Wednesday as they beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 3-1.


Outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis scored all of Milwaukee’s runs with one swing when he smashed Luke Weaver’s pitch past the right field fence. Matt Garza and Jonathan Villar scored.

Yadier Molina hit a solo home run in the fourth, but the Cardinals never got closer than that. Tyler Thornburg pitched a perfect inning for his sixth save of the year.


St. Louis manager Mike Matheny called Nieuwenhuis’s homer a learning experience for Weaver, a rookie pitcher. From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

“That’s one that is just going to haunt him a little bit,” manager Mike Matheny said. “Just shows you how fragile this is. The one at-bat he’s got to think about again is the two-out walk to the pitcher. He knows that. Just really cost us right there.”

The Cardinals are 70-62, matching the total losses in their entire 2015 regular season. There’s always the next game!