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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Adam Wainwright pitched a seven-hitter, Peter Boujos hit a two-run triple and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-1 on Sunday.

The Cardinals took three of four in the series at Miller Park to open a five-game lead on Milwaukee. The Brewers have lost 11 of 12.

St. Louis grabbed a 4-0 lead with four in the fourth against rookie Jimmy Nelson (2-7). Bourjos had the big blow, a triple to left-center that drove in Yadier Molina and Oscar Taveras

It was more than enough support for Wainwright (17-9), who is tied for the major league lead in victories. The right-hander struck out three.

Wainwright uncharacteristically allowed three homers in his previous start. But feast-or-famine Milwaukee managed just an RBI single by Carlos Gomez.

The Brewers are in freefall after spending nearly five months atop the NL Central. After finally dropping into second on Sept. 1 during a nine-game losing streak, Milwaukee began Sunday just a half-game ahead of third-place Pittsburgh in the division and wild-card race.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals are in a typical September surge.

They held the Brewers scoreless until the ninth, when Gomez's pinch-hit single drove home Scooter Gennett from second. It was Gomez's first at-bat in a week after being sidelined with a left wrist injury.

Otherwise, the efficient Wainwright mastered Milwaukee on 100 pitches, including 71 strikes.

The Brewers helped out by grounding into three double plays and committing three errors.

The first miscue came at the start of St. Louis' four-run fourth, when Nelson's pickoff attempt of Jon Jay squirted past Jonathan Lucroy at first. Jay then scored on Matt Adams' sacrifice fly.

Later, Bourjos' liner landed in the gap in left-center and bounced to the wall. The speedy outfielder had more than enough time to sail into third after driving home two runs for a 4-0 lead.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: LF Matt Holliday got a day off. Holliday has gone hitless in four of his last five games, with the exception being a three-hit outing on Thursday night in Milwaukee.

Brewers: Gomez had been used as a pinch runner and defensive replacement in recent days before his pinch-hitting appearance Sunday. Manager Ron Roenicke said Gomez was due to see the team doctor Sunday to determine if his star outfielder was ready to return to the starting lineup Monday.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: Shelby Miller (8-9) gets the ball for the start of a four-game series Monday against Cincinnati. Manager Mike Matheny said he expected another wave of minor-league reinforcements to join the team then.

Brewers: Yovani Gallardo (8-8) opens a four-game series at home against Miami. He is 5-0 against the Marlins in seven career starts.

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