ST. LOUIS (AP) — Nolan Arenado homered for the fifth straight game for the St. Louis Cardinals in a 3-2 loss to Milwaukee on Tuesday night, along with Joey Wiemer and Brian Anderson for the Brewers.
Milwaukee starter Wade Miley came out with a left side stump in the second inning after throwing 22 pitches. Miley pitched in just nine games last season when he was with the Chicago Cubs and suffered shoulder and elbow injuries.
St. Louis starter Jordan Montgomery (2-6) pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with a walk and seven strikeouts. He is 0-6 in seven starts since winning in Milwaukee on April 8.
Joel Payamps (2-0), fourth of six pitchers, picked up the win with 1 2/3 innings of work. Devin Williams pitched the final 1 2/3 innings for his sixth save.
Arenado started the second with the homer, hitting Miley’s fastball into the left field seats. Arenado hadn’t managed five consecutive games since his career-best six-game streak from Sept. 1-5, 2015.
Arenado has 999 RBIs in 1,424 games and could join Hall of Famers Eddie Mathews and Chipper Jones as the only players since 1920 who were primarily third basemen to hit 300 homers with 1,000 RBIs before 1,500 games.
The Brewers took a 3-2 lead when Anderson opened the sixth with a home run.
Milwaukee took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI double on the ground from Willy Adames to score Owen Miller.
An RBI single from Brendan Donovan in the fourth gave St. Louis a 2-1.
The Brewers recovered the run in fifth on a solo homer with Wiemer out. Milwaukee then charged on two singles, one on a reverse call at first base, and walked but Montgomery escaped the jam.
BACK TO DH
Willson Contreras was back as the designated hitter for the Cardinals and Andrew Knizner started at catcher. Contreras returned behind the plate on Monday for his first appearance as a receiver since May 5. Contreras, who was signed by the Cardinals as a free agent to a five-year, $87.5 million deal, was used as the designated hitter for 10 days heading into Monday due to defensive concerns.
Brewers recalled RHP JB Bukauskas from Triple-A Nashville. Bukauskas was claimed off waivers from Seattle on April 18. … RHP Gus Varland has been designated for an assignment. Vareland, 26, allowed nine runs in two-thirds innings in Monday’s 18-1 loss to the Cardinals. Varland’s ERA went from 2.25 to 11.42.
Cardinals: CF Dylan Carlson (sprained left ankle) remained out of the lineup. He hasn’t played since leaving Sunday’s game at Boston in the second inning. He singled to right field and appeared to roll his ankle as he ran out of the batter’s box. … LHP Packy Naughton (left forearm strain) is set to kick off a second bullpen session on Thursday. … LF Tyler O’Neill (lower back strain) can begin a rehab assignment as early as Thursday.
Brewers: Corbin Burnes (4-2, 3.35) has allowed just seven earned runs in his last six starts. He is 3-2 with a 1.82 ERA in nine career games, including six starts, at Busch Stadium
Cardinals: Adam Wainwright (0-0, 7.20) started the season on the injured list and has only made two starts this season, both this month. Both times he allowed four runs in five innings, totaling seven strikeouts and 15 hits. He hasn’t won against the Brewers in May since May 26, 2009, when he pitched seven innings allowing one run with nine strikeouts in Milwaukee. He has 21 career wins against the Brewers.
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