Aug 1, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy (20) hits a three run double off of St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (not pictured) during the sixth inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Milwaukee Brewers Pound All-Star Adam Wainwright, Beat Cards

Aramis Ramirez had a home run among his three hits and drove in two runs and Jonathan Lucroy broke a close game open with a three-run double in the sixth inning as the Milwaukee Brewers opened a critical three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals Friday with a 7-4 win at Busch Stadium.

Wily Peralta (13-6) improved to 3-0 this season against St. Louis allowing two runs on five hits in 6.2 innings, walking four and fanning three.

All seven Milwaukee runs were charged to All-Star Game starter Adam Wainwright (13-6), who gave up nine hits and walked three in 5.1 innings.

The Brewers (61-49) jumped on top in the second inning when Ramirez slugged a solo homer to left to lead off the inning. It was the first career home run ever surrendered by Wainwright on a 3-0 pitch. For Ramirez, it was his 13th home run of the season.

Ramirez was at it again in the top of the third. Lucroy stroked a one-out single up the middle and one out later, Ramirez lined a double to center to give Milwaukee a 2-0 lead.

Carlos Gomez singled with one out in the fifth and after Lucroy walked, Ryan Braun lined a ground-rule double to right to score Gomez and give the Brewers a 3-0 lead.

Milwaukee broke it wide open in the sixth.

Jean Segura and Elian Herrera—starting at second base after Scooter Gennett was hit on the hand with a pitch while working on his bunting during batting practice–led off with infield singles.

Peralta sacrificed the runners along and Wainwright then plunked Gomez to load the bases.

Lucroy unloaded them, lining a double to right field and chasing Wainwright.

Right-hander Seth Maness came on and surrendered a bloop double to Braun that gave Milwaukee a 7-0 lead.

Matt Holliday led off the bottom of the sixth with a home run, his 11th, for St. Louis and the Cardinals closed it to 7-2 with an RBI single by Matt Carpenter in the seventh.

Things got dicey for reliever Zach Duke in the ninth, though. Sent in to protect a five-run lead, Duke walked two batters and then gave up a two-out triple to Carpenter that allowed St. Louis to close to within 7-4.

Francisco Rodriguez came out of the pen and induced Kolten Wong into a game-ending groundout. It was Rodriguez’s 32nd save.

Will Smith got a strikeout to end the seventh and Jeremy Jeffress worked a scoreless eighth for the Brewers.

Ramirez had three of Milwaukee’s 12 hits. Lucroy, Braun, Segura and Herrera were all 2-for-4.

Newly acquired Gerardo Parra made his debut for the Brewers, replacing Khris Davis in left field for the bottom of the seventh inning. He struck out in his only at-bat in the eighth.

With the win, the Brewers knocked the Cardinals back to third place in the National League Central, three games behind Milwaukee. The Pittsburgh Pirates won in Arizona Friday night to remain 2½ games back.

The Brewers announced Friday that rookie right-hander Jimmy Nelson has been scratched from his scheduled start Saturday.

Instead, right-hander Kyle Lohse (11-5, 3.07 ERA) gets the call. St. Louis will counter with right-hander Justin Masterson, who will be making his Cardinals debut after being acquired in a trade from the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday.

Masterson was 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA for the Indians this season.

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