Peralta wins 13th, Brewers beat Cardinals 7-4
Jul 26, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Wily Peralta throws a pitch against the New York Mets during the first inning at Miller Park. Image by Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Wily Peralta won his 13th game to tie for the National League lead and Aramis Ramirez powered the Milwaukee Brewers with a home run and RBI double off St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright in a 7-4 victory Friday night.
Jonathan Lucroy's bases-clearing double chased Wainwright (13-6) in a four-run sixth inning that put Milwaukee up by six. The NL Central leaders are three games ahead of the Cardinals.
Matt Carpenter had two hits and three RBIs and Matt Holliday homered for St. Louis, which has lost three of four.
Peralta, Wainwright and the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw all have 13 wins. Last year, the 25-year-old Peralta was 11-15 with a 4.37 ERA in his first full season in the majors.
Peralta (13-6) allowed two runs and five hits in 6 2-3 innings to win his fourth straight start. He's given up two or fewer runs in all of them, a stretch that began with seven innings of three-hit ball and no earned runs at home against the Cardinals on July 13.
Ramirez is a career .407 hitter against Wainwright, the best in the majors against the St. Louis ace, with three homers, eight doubles and eight RBIs.
Ramirez hit his 13th homer leading off the second, made it 2-0 with an RBI double in the third and had an infield hit in the fifth.
Francisco Rodriguez got the final out for his 32nd save in 36 chances.