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April 16, 2014

Cards pitching shuts down Brewers again 6-1

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Cardinals starters are feeling right at home on the mound at Miller Park.

A night after Lance Lynn shutout the Brewers, fellow hard-throwing right-hander Shelby Miller followed Tuesday by striking out seven and allowing three hits over six innings to lead St. Louis to a 6-1 win.

Mark Ellis had two RBIs in his return from the disabled list, while Matt Holliday and Jhonny Peralta each hit solo shots in the ninth for the Cardinals, who handed Milwaukee its second straight loss following a nine-game winning streak.

Miller (1-2) routinely fired fastballs clocked into the mid-90s past hitters before turning the game over to the bullpen in the seventh. He bounced back after starting the year with two losses and a 6.35 ERA in his first two starts.

"That looks more like Shelby. The velocity was there," manager Mike Matheny said.

Only Aramis Ramirez managed to break through off Miller hitting a solo homer in the fourth.

"Sneaky fast. He's throwing. It's not only sneaky ... he spots his fastball really well on the outside corner, inside," Ramirez said. "He's going to come right at you, so we've got to make some adjustments."

They didn't make enough of them Tuesday. The Brewers have just one run and six hits over the first two games of the three-game set with their NL Central rival.

Marco Estrada (1-1) took the loss after allowing three runs over six innings.

The right-hander, who was off to a good start with a 2.31 ERA entering Tuesday, had a little uncharacteristic trouble with his command. He hit a batter in the second, then issued a walk in the third to Matt Carpenter that set up Allen Craig's RBI double.

Estrada also threw a wild pitch in the fourth, but did allow just five hits.

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