Game Report: Cardinals 6, Brewers 3

Adam Wainwright turned in his best game of the season for the Cardinals on Friday night – on the mound and at the plate.

Wainwright allowed just two runs in five innings and doubled that total himself as he drove in four with a two-run homer and a two-run single to earn his first victory in four starts.

Wainwright scattered six hits, did not walk a batter and struck out nine, but had to leave the game after the fifth with his pitch count at 100 pitches.

The home run was the ninth of Wainwright’s career.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: Wainwright provided most of the Cardinals’ offense with the two-run homer in the third, which followed a double by Kolten Wong, and his single in the fourth, which came after Wong was intentionally walked to load the bases. The four RBIs tied Wainwright’s career high … The homer extended the Cardinals’ streak to 23 consecutive games with at least one homer at Miller Park … Randal Grichuk had an RBI double and Dexter Fowler a sacrifice fly in the four-run fourth … Jedd Gyorko became the sixth hitter the Cardinals have tried in the cleanup spot in the first 17 games of the season. He had a pair of singles in four at-bats … The team total of 12 hits was their most in a game this season.

On the mound: The only runs off Wainwright came on a single by pitcher Wily Peralta in the second and an RBI double by Orlando Arcia in the fourth … Wainwright and four relievers combined to record 17 strikeouts. Wainwright struck out the side in the third, Brett Cecil did it in the seventh and Seung Hwan Oh in the ninth, although he did allow a single … Trevor Rosenthal gave up a home run to Ryan Braun in the eighth, the first homer he has hit against the Cardinals at home since April 8, 2012 … It was the eighth homer allowed by the Cardinals’ bullpen in the first 17 games of the season.

Key stat: Part of Wainwright’s problems in his first three starts were caused by allowing the leadoff hitter to reach base in 10 of the 15 innings he was on the mound. After Jonathan Villar led off the first with a single, Wainwright retired the leadoff hitter in each of his next four innings.

Worth noting: Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta lost his eighth consecutive decision to the Cardinals, the most consecutive losses by a pitcher against the Cardinals since Todd Ritchie also lost eight in a row between 2000 and 2003 … Fowler looked as if he jammed his right hand when he slid into third base In the third. He stayed in the game but left after the fifth with what was said to bursitis in his right heel.

Looking ahead: Lance Lynn will get the start in Saturday night’s game while Chase Anderson will start for the Brewers.