Ryan Braun clubbed his 27th home run of the season, a solo shot in the ninth inning and the Milwaukee Brewers held on to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1, earning a split in their four-game series at Busch Stadium.
The Brewers had coughed up a 1-0 lead in the eighth inning on Saturday night and lost 5-1. They led a 1-0 lead get away in the eighth yesterday, but this time Braun came to the rescue.
Brewers starter Zach Davies allowed a run on five hits in 7 1/3 innings but wasn’t involved in the decision. Tyler Thornburg came on to record the final five outs to pick up the win.
The Brewers scored their first run in the first inning on a sacrifice fly from Chris Carter. That was the only run that Cardinals starter Luke Weaver would allow in six innings.
The Brewers have won eight of their last 11 games. They’ll open a three-game series in Cincinnati against the Reds tonight. Wily Peralta (6-9) gets the start for the Brewers.