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Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals defeat Brewers

Milwaukee's three-game winning streak snapped

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Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Luis Perdomo pitches Friday against the St. Louis Cardinals during the fifth inning at Busch Stadium.
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ST. LOUIS, Missouri – Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run home run and the St. Louis Cardinals tacked on a pair of runs in the seventh inning to defeat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 on Friday night to snap the visitors' three-game winning streak.

Goldschmidt went 1-for-4 as St. Louis rebounded from back-to-back losses. His third-inning blast gave the Cardinals a 2-0 lead, and they added runs on Edmundo Sosa's RBI triple and a fielder's choice grounder by Lars Nootbaar in the seventh.

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Milwaukee Brewers catcher Omar Narvaez (10) is unable to tag out St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Edmundo Sosa (63) who scores a run Friday during the seventh inning at Busch Stadium.
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Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson gave up five hits and walked four but managed to hold the Brewers scoreless through 4 2/3 innings. He struck out three.

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The St. Louis bullpen took it from there, although the Brewers' Keston Hiura hit a two-run homer in the top of the ninth to trim the deficit.

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St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Lars Nootbaar (21) hits into a fielders choice Friday, scoring a run against the Milwaukee Brewers during the seventh inning at Busch Stadium.
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Ryan Helsley entered out of the bullpen to get the final two outs and earn his third save.

Drew VerHagen (2-0) picked up the win, and Genesis Cabrera was particularly impressive, striking out two in two innings. He allowed just one hit and did not surrender any walks.

Harrison Bader picked up a pair of singles and scored a run, and Sosa's triple came as a pinch hitter.

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The Brewers left eight runners on base and were 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position.

Milwaukee had a chance to get its offense going early, but left a pair of runners stranded in the second, and with the bases loaded in the third, Andrew McCutchen grounded into an inning-ending double play.

Omar Narvaez and Tyrone Taylor went 2-for-4, and Kolten Wong went 2-for-5 to account for six of the Brewers' eight hits.

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Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Tyrone Taylor catches a fly ball by the St. Louis Cardinals during the second inning Friday at Busch Stadium.
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Losing pitcher Brandon Woodruff (5-3) kept Milwaukee in contention, but exited the game prior to the bottom of the fifth due to an injury.

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In four innings, the right-hander allowed two hits and two runs,. He walked one and struck out four.

Luis Perdomo took over for Woodruff and pitched two scoreless innings with two strikeouts.

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