Martinez, Cardinals silence the Brewers’ bats in a 2-1 win

In a battle between two starting pitchers that had struggled of late, it was Carlos Martinez and the St. Louis Cardinals that came out on top with a 2-1 victory over Wily Peralta and the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.

Looking for his first win of the year, Martinez went 7 1/3 innings, giving up just one run on four hits while striking out four. The top four hitters for Milwaukee went 1 of 14 against the righty as the Brewers scored one run or fewer for just the third time this season.

The Cardinals scored both of their runs in the sixth, chasing Wily Peralta with one out in the inning and a pair of runners on base. Manager Craig Counsell called on reliever Jacob Barnes to get them out of the jam, but he was unable to do so, giving up a sacrifice fly that scored one and a single to Kolton Wong that scored the other.

Peralta got the loss with a final line that saw him go 5 1/3 innings with the two runs allowed while striking out seven.

A Jett Bandy single in the top of the seventh inning got Milwaukee within one run, but the Crew was unable to get the tying run across, leaving a runner stranded at third in both the seventh and eighth innings.

The loss dropped Milwaukee back to .500 (14-14) on the year.

It’ll be the same two teams at Busch Stadium Wednesday night.

Brewers’ win streak ends in 4-3 loss to Cardinals

ST LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals used a pair of two-run home runs in the third inning to get past the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 Friday night, ending Milwaukee’s three-game winning streak.

The Cardinals recorded just five hits in the game, but the Matt Carpenter and Stephen Piscotty blasts proved enough to beat the Brewers, while keeping St. Louis just ½ game back of the New York Mets for the second National League wild card spot. The Brewers logged nine hits, punctuated by a Scooter Gennett home run in the same inning as Carpenter and Piscotty.

Right fielder Hernan Perez was the only Brewers player with more than one hit, going two-for-four, but striking out twice. Jimmy Nelson takes his 14th loss of the season after allowing five hits and all four earned runs in six innings of work. Conversely, Carlos Martinez earned the win for St. Louis after going seven innings and allowing just two earned runs. Milwaukee recorded all nine of their hits against Martinez.

Milwaukee is still in contention for a National League wild card spot, but would be eliminated with 10 more losses.