Mike Fiers scattered seven hits and allowed two runs over 6 2/3 innings to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 6-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night at Miller Park. Fiers (5-2) walked one and struck out five, on the way to his 6th quality start since joining the Brewers starting rotation on Aug. 9th.
Fiers also helped his own cause with a pair of key sacrifice bunts at the plate.
Scooter Gennett drove in the Brewers first three runs with a two-run single and a rbi double and Khris Davis gave the Brewers some insurance with a two-run home run that helped knock out Cardinals starter John Lackey.
The Brewers took the lead in the third when Lyle Overbay singled, Jean Segura added an infield hit and the two then advanced on Fiers first of two sacrifice bunts. Scooter Gennett followed with a single to center, scoring Overbay and Segura.
In the fifth, Jean Segura legged out another infield hit. Fiers bunted him up to second and Gennett followed with a double over the head of Peter Bourjos in center to score Segura. Jonathan Lucroy then singled to drive in Gennett and the Brewers led 4-0.
Jhonny Peralta homered in the top of the sixth to make it 4-1, but the Brewers had an answer in the bottom half when Gerardo Parra singled and Khris Davis clubbed his team-high 22nd home run.
The Brewers climbed back within three-games of the Cardinals in the NL Central race with the victory. They’ll send Kyle Lohse (12-8, 3.68) to the mound against his former team tonight. The Cardinals will counter with Lance Lynn (14-8, 2.85).