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Milwaukee Brewers defeat St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 to even NLCS at two games apiece

Ryan Braun hits a fifth-inning RBI single to give the Brewers a 3-2 lead in their Game 4 victory that ties the series.

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Ryan Braun hits a fifth-inning RBI single to give the Brewers a 3-2 lead in their Game 4 victory that ties the series.

ST. LOUIS — Randy Wolf outfoxed the Cardinals for seven innings to earn his first postseason win at age 35 and the Brewers got two more hits from Ryan Braun in a 4-2 victory Thursday that evened the NL Championship Series at two games each.

Matt Holliday and Allen Craig homered for the Cardinals, representing their only runs in the last 16 innings. But they were 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and failed twice to get a man home from third with less than two outs.

Wolf baffled them with a changeup clocked around 65 mph and retired 13 of his last 15 hitters in his fourth career postseason start.

"We had a couple of chances to add a run and Wolf made outstanding pitches," said Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, whose team is 0-for-15 with runners in scoring position since the first inning Wednesday. "He just made really good pitches."

Francisco Rodriguez allowed a hit in the eighth and John Axford finished for his second save of the series.

The Brewers, who trailed 2-0 after three innings, ended an eight-game road skid in the postseason dating to the 1982 World Series opener at St. Louis.

"It feels good to know that we're at least going to get to go back home," said Ryan Braun, who singled home the go-ahead run in the fifth and is hitting .471 (16-for-34) in the postseason with two homers.

NLCS: Cardinals 2,

Brewers 2

Game 1: Brewers 9, Cardinals 6

Game 2: Cardinals 12, Brewers 3

Game 3: Cardinals 4, Brewers 3

Thursday: Brewers 4, Cardinals 2

Tonight, 8:05: Brewers (Greinke, 16-6, 3.83) at Cardinals (Garcia, 13-7, 3.56)

Sunday, 4:05: Cardinals (TBA) at Brewers (TBA)

Monday, 8:05: Cardinals (TBA) at Brewers (TBA) *

* If necessary; all games on TBS

Brewers 4

Cardinals 2

Milwaukee Brewers defeat St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 to even NLCS at two games apiece 10/14/11 [Last modified: Friday, October 14, 2011 1:23am]

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