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ST. LOUIS — St. Louis was dominated for six innings Sunday by Milwaukee starter Matt Garza, but then the Cardinals feasted on the Brewers’ relievers and made a winner of John Lackey in his first start with the club.

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The Cardinals bunched five of their six hits into the bottom of the seventh inning, scoring all of their runs for a 3-2 win, which brought them within a game of the Brewers in the National League Central.

Lackey (12-7), who was acquired Thursday morning from Boston, pitched seven innings. He allowed seven hits and two runs, walking none and fanning four.

Garza gave up only one hit — a leadoff double by first baseman Matt Adams in the fifth — and struck out four in a 71-pitch outing. But Brewers manager Ron Roenicke pinch-hit for Garza with two outs in the top of the seventh.

Reliever Zach Duke came on and gave up a 442-foot solo homer to left fielder Matt Holliday with one out in the seventh, then was touched for a single by Adams.

Jeremy Jeffress (0-1) came out of the bullpen and allowed singles to shortstop Jhonny Peralta, catcher A.J. Pierzynski and right fielder Oscar Taveras.

Pierzynski’s sharp grounder into right scored Adams to tie it and Taveras’ two-out hit to right-center plated Pierzynski with the tie-breaking run as the sellout crowd of 44,662 in Busch Stadium roared to life.

Pat Neshek and Trevor Rosenthal worked scoreless innings in relief of Lackey, with Rosenthal earning his National League-leading 34th save. Milwaukee pushed the go-ahead runs on base in the ninth, but pinch-hitter Scooter Gennett and center fielder Carlos Gomez fanned.

The Brewers (61-51) scored their runs in the first two innings. Third baseman Aramis Ramirez stroked a two-out single to left-center in the first to plate right fielder Ryan Braun, and first baseman Mark Reynolds jacked his 19th homer in the second.

St. Louis (59-51) pulled even with Milwaukee in the loss column.

St. Louis 3, Milwaukee 2

MIL    ab    r    h    bi    STL    ab    r    h    bi

Gomez cf    5    0    0    0    Carpntr 3b    4    0    0    0

Lucroy c    4    0    1    0    Wong 2b    4    0    0    0

Braun rf    4    1    2    0    Hollidy lf    4    1    1    1

Ramirez 3b    4    0    2    1    Adams 1b    2    1    2    0

Weeks 2b    4    0    0    0    Peralta ss    3    1    1    0

Davis lf    4    0    1    0    Przynsk c    3    0    1    1

Rynolds 1b    4    1    1    1    Taveras rf    3    0    1    1

Herrera ss    3    0    1    0    Bourjos cf    2    0    0    0

Garza sp    2    0    0    0    Lackey sp    2    0    0    0

Overbay ph    1    0    1    0    Dscalso ph    1    0    0    0

Duke rp    0    0    0    0    Neshek rp    0    0    0    0

Jffrss rp    0    0    0    0    Rosnthl rp    0    0    0    0

Smith rp    0    0    0    0                    

Gennett ph    1    0    0    0                    

Totals    36    2    9    2    Totals    28    3    6    3

Milwaukee     110 000 000 — 2

St. Louis     000 000 30x — 3

E—Lackey 1. LOB—St. Louis 3, Milwaukee 8. 2B—Ma.Adams (25), Braun (24). HR—Holliday (12), Mr.Reynolds (19). SB—E.Herrera (3).

    IP    H    R    ER    BB    SO

Milwaukee

Garza    6    1    0    0    0    4

Duke H, 12    Z\c    2    2    2    0    0

Jeffress L, 0-1 BS, 1    X\c    3    1    1    0    1

W.Smith    1    0    0    0    0    0

St. Louis

Lackey W, 1-0    7    7    2    2    0    4

Neshek H, 17    1    1    0    0    0    1

Rosenthal S, 34    1    1    0    0    1    3

Inherited runners-scored—Jeffress 1-1. HBP—Ma.Adams (by Garza). WP—Lackey (1).

Umpires—Home, Will Little; First, Gerry Davis; Second, Greg Gibson; Third, Phil Cuzzi.

T—2:50. A—44,662 (46,861)

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