Luis Urías home run off Wainwright, two runs in 10th place for Brewers win

ST. LOUIS – This was a game the Milwaukee Brewers absolutely had to have.

And thanks to a late offense, they got it.

Hunter Renfroe and Kolten Wong each made runs in the 10th inning to spark a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium, a clash between Central Division rivals that had been pitch-dominated for the first nine.

Luis Urías homered in the eighth to pull Milwaukee even with St. Louis, which saw its lead reduced to just a half game with the series finale on Sunday afternoon.

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Luis Urías finally gets the Brewers on the board with a home run

Milwaukee’s offense had been dead in the water all night against 40-year-old Adam Wainwright as he took a no-hitter in the seventh and allowed just a single to incoming Andrew McCutchen in the eighth.

Kolten Wong opened the field, then Urías took an 89-mph first-pitch fastball from Wainwright the other way into the St. Louis bullpen to tie the score at 1-1.

Tyrone Taylor then chose with two outs, but Christian Yelich was eliminated.

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Corbin Burnes, who had been masterful in limiting the Cardinals to one run on four no-walk hits on 96 pitches, was retired in favor of Taylor Rogers.

Throwing for the first time since receiving a cortisone injection in his left knee on Sunday, he responded with a scoreless eighth that was punctuated by back-to-back strikeouts from Albert Pujols and Tyler O’Neill.

Wainwright responded by putting the Brewers in the order in ninth, tying his longest outing of the season.

After Devin Williams threw a scoreless ninth, Renfroe hosted Giovanny Gallegos with a triple to right center – a drive that scored McCutchen from second and gave the Brewers their first lead of the game.

Renfroe’s decision to try for three ended up paying off big as Wong followed with a sacrificial volley down the middle that made Milwaukee lead 3-1.

The Cardinals scored once against Matt Bush in the 10th, on a sack fly, but the right-hander recovered to take out Yadier Molina and Tommy Edman to lock up his second save in five appearances for the Brewers since being acquired at the trading deadline.

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Burnes and Adam Wainwright were masterful in the pitching duel

The duel of pitchers that some were perhaps expecting took place in the first inning.

Wainwright walked Rowdy Tellez with two outs in the first but was untouchable afterwards, using his signature curveball with a cutter and sinker to generate a mix of soft groundouts and flyouts with a handful of strikeouts.

Burnes, meanwhile, allowed singles to Paul DeJong in second and Brendan Donovan in fourth while striking out a trio of batters.

The Brewers’ best hit in the first six innings came on an opposite field drive by Yelich, but Donovan was able to glove the ball just feet from the left field wall.

After Burnes retired the team in order in the sixth – earning him nine straight outs by that time – Wainwright came within a seven-inning batter before McCutchen got one. lands a left single.

That it was McCutchen who ultimately broke through was not altogether surprising; he entered the game with the second most career hits against Wainwright (73) to go with a 0.329 average.

Wainwright recovered by retiring Renfroe, leaving him just 79 pitches over seven innings.

The game swung in favor of the Cardinals at the bottom of the frame as Paul Goldschmidt opened with a single and two batters later Nolan Gorman ripped a double with one out to the middle.

Taylor didn’t take a direct route to the ball, then a poor throw home allowed Goldschmidt to easily slip into home plate with the first inning of the game.

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