MILWAUKEE (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado don’t go deep in the same game very often.
But when they do, it virtually guarantees victory for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Goldschmidt and Arenado hit two-run homers as the Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 on Wednesday night and moved into sole possession of first place in the NL Central. Since Goldschmidt and Arenado became teammates in 2021, the Cardinals have gone 5-0 when they’ve homered in the same game.
“It was pretty cool that we both finally hit homers in the same game,” Arenado said. “I feel like it never happens.”
The Cardinals have taken two straight from the Brewers after falling 2-0 in the opener of the four-game series.
St. Louis trailed 4-3 before Arenado’s sixth-inning drive to left-center — his 14th homer of the season — put St. Louis ahead for good. Goldschmidt went deep to left in the first inning for his 17th homer.
The Cardinals’ bullpen once again took over from there.
Over the last two games, Cardinals relievers have allowed just three walks and one hit while pitching 10 1/3 scoreless innings. The Cardinals’ bullpen was dominant Wednesday at less than full strength after both Giovanny Gallegos and Ryan Helsley had pitched two innings a night earlier.
“There’s some incredible arms down there,” Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright said. “We like our spot when we get to them.”
Génesis Cabrera pitched the final two innings to earn his third career save, and first since 2020. Johan Oviedo (1-1) got his first career win with 2 1/3 innings of perfect relief and said he was in tears after the game.
Oviedo came in with runners on third and second with two outs in the fifth after Andrew McCutchen’s ground-rule double had given the Brewers a 4-3 lead….
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