MILWAUKEE — Tyrone Taylor hit a three-run homer, Willy Adames added a solo shot and the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 on Thursday to end a four-game streak with their NL Central to share rivals.
Taylor’s drive to left field after a 2-1 sinker from Dakota Hudson (5-4) in the fourth inning gave the Brewers a 4-2 lead and went on a 46 1/3-inning streak without allowing a Cardinals homer to right – dealers.
Adames took Hudson deep and led the fifth to 5-3.
The Brewers, who have won five out of seven, moved back to first place with the Cardinals at the top of the division. St. Louis has lost five of its last eight.
Jason Alexander (2-0) allowed four runs for six hits and worked his way into the sixth inning while making his fifth start for an injury-plagued Brewers rotation.
Josh Hader stormed through the ninth for his 21st save in 22 chances.
Paul Goldschmidt doubled in a run for St. Louis, scoring after a throwing error by Alexander to make it 2-0 in the first inning. Alexander then allowed another double for Nolan Arenado and hit Brendan Donovan with a pitch before triggering a double play from Juan Yepez late in the inning.
Lars Nootbaar led the fifth place homer for the Cardinals. St. Louis came back on a run with Yepez’s sacrificial fly for the sixth time, but Milwaukee responded with Jace Peterson’s sack fly for the eighth.
Hudson allowed five runs with seven hits in 4 1/3 innings.
The Cardinals are hoping OF Tyler O’Neill’s injury list will be short after an MRI showed his strained right hamstring was not as severe as first thought. O’Neill, who was also out three weeks earlier this season with a shoulder injury, was moved to the IL after picking up the injury and running out a double in Boston last Sunday.
Brewers RHP Brandon Woodruff was scheduled to begin minor league rehab Thursday night in Class A Wisconsin. Woodruff was placed on the IL on May 30 with a right ankle sprain and has also struggled with Raynaud’s syndrome in his right hand. Infielder Mike Brosseau (right ankle) and right-hander Trevor Gott (right groin) are also rehab with Wisconsin.
The Cardinals return home where RHP Andre Pallante (2-2, 1.69 ERA) will enter the mound on Friday for a three-game series against RHP Kyle Hendricks (2-6, 5.43) and the to open Chicago Cubs.
The Brewers continue their week-long home fight with the first of a three-game series against the Blue Jays on Friday night. RHP Adrian Houser (4-7, 4.24) gets the nod for Milwaukee while RHP Alek Manoah (8-2, 2.00) is scheduled to start for Toronto.