Gorman hits 2 HRs, Cards beat Brewers 6-2 to tie for 1st

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Nolan Gorman went 4 for 4 with two solo homers and four RBIs as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-2 to regain a share of the NL Central lead.

The Cardinals and Brewers are both 39-31 after splitting the first two matchups of this four-game series. Gorman broke a 2-all tie and put the Cardinals ahead for good with a homer to center field off Chi Chi González in the fourth inning.

The rookie extended the lead to 4-2 with a drive over the right-field wall against Miguel Sánchez in the seventh.

It was an exciting start for Milwaukee, the only bright spot in an otherwise abysmal night at the plate. After surrendering two runs in the top of the first, the Brewers tied things back up as soon as possible with a two-run home run from Willy Adames that marked the team’s first hit of the game.

Unfortunately for the Brew Crew, the two runs from Adames’ 383-foot found tripper were the only ones they would score. Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty limited the Brewers to three hits in three innings of work, and Milwaukee wouldn’t get another hit until the ninth inning off of closer Ryan Helsley.

Chi Chi Gonzalez made his Brewers debut Tuesday, lasting four innings. He kept Milwaukee in the game, allowing only three runs on four hits and a walk. The game came unraveled in the late innings, however, with Miguel Sánchez and Peter Strzelecki letting up a combined three runs on seven hits over 3.2 innings of work.

Attention now turns to Wednesday’s contest, a tie-breaker for the NL Central lead. Eric Lauer (6-2, 3.57) will take the mound for Milwaukee against Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright (5-5, 3.09). Wainwright’s career record against the Brewers is 20-14, and 9-5 at American Family Field/Miller Park. Meanwhile, Lauer has only made four starts against St. Louis and his record is 2-1.

The start time for Wednesday’s game at American Family Field is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. CT.