Owen Miller’s two-run single lifts Brewers over Cardinals 2-0 | Pro sports

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Owen Miller broke a scoreless tie with a two-run single and Colin Rea pitched five shutout innings to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 2-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.

Milwaukee has won four in a row and snapped a three-game winning streak in St. Louis for the first time since Sept. 24-26, 2018.

Sonny Gray retired 12 batters over 6 1/3 innings for the Cardinals, who lost four in a row.

Rea gave up five hits in five-plus innings and left after walking Paul Goldschmidt to start the sixth.

“After the first few innings, I really started attacking the strike zone,” Rea said. “I was a little knocked around when I started the match. we were trying to make perfect pitches, and we just went back to attacking the strike zone.

Miller, who was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday, hit a two-run single in the seventh after Blake Perkins and Brice Turang singled with one out.

“It felt pretty good to beat them and win like that,” Miller said. “To take advantage of a game where Sonny Gray pitched the way he did, that’s pretty special.”

Miller snapped an eight-game hitless streak dating back to last season.

“To get called up, make his first start and get a big hit, that says a lot about him,” Milwaukee manager Pat Murphy said:

Gray, who signed as a free agent on November 27, allowed five hits and gave up his first two runs of the season. Gray (2-1) struckout 20 batters before giving up his first walk of the season to Joey Ortiz in the fifth.

Reliver Bryan Hudson, who grew up in the St. Louis suburb of Alton, Illinois, retired all seven batters he faced after Rea. Hudson struck out four and picked up his first career win.

The left-hander handed out 70 cards among family and friends. He spent his youth attending Cardinals games and even played at Busch Stadium when he was in high school.

“Once I got there and took a moment to take it all in, I went back to work,” Hudson said. “It was a really cool moment to walk away.”

Closer Joel Payamps picked up his third save in five chances.

Perkins turned the game’s defensive play around by reaching over the center fence and robbing Lars Nootbaar of a home run in the first inning.

“That’s exactly the game,” Rea said. “That’s our defense. They are at their best every night.”

St. Louis catcher Willson Contreras extended his career-best hitting streak to 14 games with a single in the first inning. It is the longest current streak in the Major and is second this season behind Atlanta’s Marcell Ozuna, who had a 17-game streak on Saturday.

The Cardinals have lost eight of their last nine against their NL Central rivals.

“We were robbed, you must have a short memory,” Contreras said. “Move on, look forward to the next match.”

The Brewers improved to a league-best 9-2 in major league day games this season. They are 10-2 on the road.


Cardinals: RHP Andre Pallante was sent to Triple-A Memphis, where he will move into the starting rotation. Pallante compiled an 0-1 record with a 6.30 ERA in nine relief appearances with the Cardinals.


Brewers: RHP Joe Ross (1-1, 4.91 ERA) faces Pittsburgh RHP Jared Jones (1-2, 3.13) on Monday in Pittsburgh in the first of a four-game series. Ross makes his fourth start of the season. The Brewers are 1-2 in his previous starts.

Cardinals: RHP Lance Lynn (1-0, 2.18) will face Arizona RHP Brandon Pfaat (1-1, 5.32) in the opener of a three-game set in St. Louis on Monday. Lynn has posted quality starts in nine of 12 career starts against the Diamondbacks.

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