MILWAUKEE — Brent Suter and three relievers combined on a two-hitter, Ryan Braun hit his 350th career homer and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-0 Wednesday night to split a doubleheader.
The Cardinals took the opener 4-2 behind Adam Wainwright’s four-hitter.
St. Louis manager Mike Shildt ran the team in the opener. He missed the nightcap while serving a one-game suspension, imposed by Major League Baseball after tempers flared during the Brewers’ 18-3 romp Tuesday night.
Umpires warned both teams after Braun was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning. He was the third Milwaukee batter plunked in the game by Cards starter Johan Oviedo. Braun was at the center of the trouble the previous night when he hit Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina in the wrist during a swing.
Oviedo opened the game by hitting Avisail Garcia and then hit Keston Hiura in the third.
“I really don’t think I was hit intentionally,” Braun said. “Obviously we had a couple of other guys who were hit before me with fastballs up and in. It was a young pitcher with a good arm, that when he tried to throw the ball inside, missed up and in numerous times.”
“Obviously with what transpired yesterday, I think the umpires did a really good job of staying on top of it. Again, I don’t think it was done intentionally,” he said.
The Brewers scored four runs in the first inning on just one hit, the three-run homer by Braun.
“I think when you’re at a place that he’s at in his career, these are the games that you’re dying to be in, these games you want to be in,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. It’s a credit to his skill set that he’s able to deliver in the biggest games still, that he’s a force and he’s a presence in these games.”
Suter allowed two hits over three scoreless innings, walking two and striking out three. Freddy Peralta (3-1) followed with two perfect innings, striking out three. Devin Williams struck out two in a perfect sixth, and Eric Yardley retired the side in the seventh.
Jacob Nottingham’s third homer, a two-run shot in the sixth, put the Brewers up 6-0.
Oviedo (0-3), activated off the injured list earlier in the day after passing a rapid test for COVID-19, allowed six runs in 5 1/3 innings. He hit three batters with pitches.
“I think he had good stuff,” Shildt said. “I think the term would be effectively wild. He wasn’t able to harness his command and some balls got away from him, unfortunately.”
Cards: RHP Dakota Hudson (3-2, 2.92 ERA) opens the five-game series Thursday at Pittsburgh, which includes two games on Friday, the Cardinals’ third doubleheader of the week. Hudson has won his last three starts. He allowed one run on one hit in six innings in his last outing, although he walked four.
Brewers: After a day off, RHP Adrian Houser (1-5, 5.40 ERA) opens the three-game series Friday at home against Kansas City. Houser, 1-0 with a 0.75 ERA in his first two starts, is 0-5 with a 7.01 ERA over his last seven starts.