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Owen Miller’s two-run single lifts Brewers over Cardinals 2-0

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Owen Miller broke a scoreless tie with a two-run single and Colin Rea pitched five shutout innings to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 2-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.

Milwaukee has won four in a row and snapped a three-game winning streak in St. Louis for the first time since Sept. 24-26, 2018.

Sonny Gray retired 12 batters over 6 1/3 innings for the Cardinals, who lost four in a row.

Rea gave up five hits in five-plus innings and left after walking Paul Goldschmidt to start the sixth.

Miller, who was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday, hit a two-run single in the seventh after Blake Perkins and Brice Turang singled with one out.

Gray, who signed as a free agent on November 27, allowed five hits and gave up his first two runs of the season. Gray (2-1) struckout 20 batters before giving up his first walk of the season to Joey Ortiz in the fifth.

Reliver Bryan Hudson, who grew up in the St. Louis suburb of Alton, Illinois, retired all seven batters he faced after Rea. Hudson struck out four and picked up his first career win.

Closer Joel Payamps picked up his third save in five chances.

St. Louis catcher Willson Contreras extended his career-best hitting streak to 14 games with a single in the first inning. It is the longest current streak in the Major and is second this season behind Atlanta’s Marcell Ozuna, who had a 17-game streak on Saturday.

The Brewers improved to a league-best 9-2 in major league day games this season. They are 10-2 on the road.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cardinals: RHP Andre Pallante was sent to Triple-A Memphis, where he will move into the starting rotation. Pallante compiled an 0-1 record with a 6.30 ERA in nine relief appearances with the Cardinals.

NEXT ONE

Brewers: RHP Joe Ross (1-1, 4.91 ERA) faces Pittsburgh RHP Jared Jones (1-2, 3.13) on Monday in Pittsburgh in the first of a four-game series. Ross makes his fourth start of the season. The Brewers are 1-2 in his previous starts.

Cardinals: RHP Lance Lynn (1-0, 2.18) will face Arizona RHP Brandon Pfaat (1-1, 5.32) in the opener of a three-game set in St. Louis on Monday. Lynn has posted quality starts in nine of 12 career starts against the Diamondbacks.

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Steve Overbey, The Associated Press