MILWAUKEE (AP) - Christian Yelich hit three homers, including a pair of three-run shots, and drove in a career-high seven runs to power the Milwaukee Brewers past the St. Louis Cardinals 10-7 on Monday night.
Yelich, the reigning NL MVP, hit his first three-run homer to cap a six-run second inning. After St. Louis tied it with three runs in the sixth, Yelich answered in the bottom half with a towering three-run blast to right off Mike Mayers (0-1).
Yelich capped off his night with his eighth homer this season, going deep to lead off the eighth. He also lined out in the first and was walked intentionally in the fourth.
Junior Guerra (1-0) worked 1 2/3 innings for the victory. Josh Hader struck out the side in the ninth after allowing Marcell Ozuna's sixth home run to open the inning.
In the sixth, the Cardinals loaded the bases with one out. Guerra entered and his first pitch to Paul Goldschmidt sailed past catcher Yasmani Grandal for a run-scoring passed ball. Goldschmidt and Ozuna followed with RBI singles to tie it.
The Brewers erased a 2-0 deficit with six runs in the second off Dakota Hudson. Mike Moustakes opened with his sixth homer. Eric Thames, Ben Gamel, pitcher Freddy Peralta and Lorenzo Cain each singled to account for two runs. Yelich then lined a 1-0 pitch over the wall in left-center.
St. Louis made it 6-3 in the third on Yadier Molina's RBI double.
The Cardinals took a 2-0 lead in the first on consecutive one-out homers by Goldschmidt and Paul DeJong. Goldschmidt has hit five of his seven home runs this season at Miller Park, including a three-homer game on March 29.
Cain robbed Matt Carpenter of a two-run homer with a grab above the center field wall to end the second inning.
Neither starter was effective. Peralta allowed three runs on four hits with three walks in 3 1/3 innings. Hudson was tagged for six runs on eight hits with three walks in 3 2/3.
Cardinals: OF Harrison Bader sat out a second consecutive game after tweaking his right hamstring Saturday against the Reds in Mexico. He will be re-evaluated Tuesday. ... RHP Carlos Martinez threw a bullpen session for just the second time since the first week of spring training when he was sidelined with shoulder weakness. ... CF Tyler O'Neill left in the third inning with right arm soreness. ... 3B Drew Robinson was recalled from Triple-A Memphis, and RHP Giovanny Gallegos was optioned to Memphis. RHP Luke Gregerson, dealing with a right shoulder impingement, was sent on a rehab assignment to Class A Palm Beach.
Brewers: RHP Jeremy Jeffress, who began the season on the injured list with a sore right shoulder, is scheduled to be activated Tuesday.
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
Orlando Arcia made a diving stop of DeJong's hot grounder into the hole at short and fired to force Goldschmidt at second base to end the eighth. The Cardinals challenged, but the call was upheld after a replay review.
Home plate umpire Ron Kulpa left the game in the sixth inning after being struck directly in the mask with Guerra's first pitch. The ball sailed past the glove of catcher Yasmani Grandal, who also had just come into the game. Third base umpire Jerry Meals moved behind the plate.
Cardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty (1-0, 2.93 ERA) looks to build on consecutive solid starts, having allowed one run in 11 innings in his previous two outings. Flaherty was tagged for four runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings against Milwaukee on March 29.
Brewers: RHP Brandon Woodruff (1-1, 6.00) makes his fourth start and second against the Cardinals. He allowed two runs in five innings for the victory against St. Louis on March 30. Woodruff has given up four runs in each of his last two starts.