ST. LOUIS (AP) - Jhonny Peralta and Stephen Piscotty hit back-to-back homers and combined for seven RBIs to power the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night.
St. Louis has a four-game lead over Pittsburgh for the NL Central lead.
The Cardinals trailed 3-0 in the fourth when Peralta hit a three-run homer into the center field bleachers, and Piscotty followed two pitches later with a blast into the left-center seats. The homer by Peralta, St. Louis' cleanup hitter, was his first since Aug. 1.
Piscotty added a two-run, two-out single off Taylor Jungmann (9-7) in the fifth and a run-scoring single in the seventh to help the Cardinals win their fifth straight.
Michael Wacha (17-6) worked five innings and allowed three runs.
St. Louis, a major league-best 97-56, went 41 games over .500 for the first time.
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