MILWAUKEE — Shelby Miller struck out seven and allowed three hits over six innings, and Mark Ellis had two RBIs in his return from the disabled list to lead the Cardinals to a 6-1 win Tuesday night over the Brewers.
Matt Holliday and Jhonny Peralta each hit solo shots in the ninth off reliever Jim Henderson for the Cardinals, who handed Milwaukee its second straight loss following a nine-game winning streak.
Miller routinely fired fastballs clocked into the mid 90s past hitters before turning the game over to the bullpen in the seventh.
Only Aramis Ramirez managed to break through off Miller, hitting a solo homer in the fourth. The Brewers have just one run and six hits over the first two games of the three-game set with their NL Central rival.
Marco Estrada, who went in with a 2.31 ERA, had a little uncharacteristic trouble with his command. He hit Yadier Molina with a pitch in the second and threw a wild pitch in the fourth.
Still, Estrada allowed just five hits, which would have been more than adequate pitching during the Brewers' winning streak.
But that was before Milwaukee had to face the aces from St. Louis.
Monday night, Lance Lynn shut down the Brewers, striking out 11 over seven innings. Miller was just as effective. He got Jean Segura to ground out to second and caught Ryan Braun looking on a 94 mph fastball to start the fourth.
The only big mistake was a fastball down the middle that Ramirez turned on for his second homer and team-best 12th RBI.
Miller, a 23-year-old right-hander, recovered nicely to end the fourth by getting Jonathan Lucroy to hit a one-hopper to first.
The Cardinals had built a 3-0 lead by the top of the fourth. After missing the season's first 13 games with left knee tendinitis, Ellis made a nice debut by driving in a run in the second on a groundout and another in the fourth on a sacrifice fly.
St. Louis could have picked up a few more runs if not for a few blunders around the bases.
Allen Craig had an RBI double in the third, but the inning ended when Estrada spun around to pick him off. An inning later, Matt Adams and Peralta were thrown out in rundowns between third and home.