The Milwaukee Brewers' bats continued to be as hot as Weekend Day Weekend weather.

The persistent Brewers, who continually received contributions throughout the occupation, encountered the St. Louis Cardinals. 8-3, Monday afternoon in the opening match of their three-game series at Miller Park, packed with a sold-out crowd of 42,867.

It was the fourth win in a row for the Brewers, who scored 37 runs on the four-day weekend. They are 7-1 with two games remaining on their longest home stand of the season, pushing their record to a season-best 15 games over 0.500 (35-20).

The Brewers of the first place increased their lead in the NL Central to 4 ½ games over Chicago, the largest player's edge of the year.

BOX SCORE: Brewers 8, Cardinals 3

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The Brewers first beat Luke Weaver in the second inning with a run in front of St. Louis starter. Braun's big day began with a brace in the opposing field and a strike on Manny Piña's double single in the middle.

In the third leg the countdown went down to 2: 0, Christian Yelich continued his brilliant performance Stand with a home run to the right, his sixth of the season. Weaver made a 2-0 change to a bad spot and Yelich did not miss him.

The Cardinals tried, which is usually a solid strategic move in the lower part of the fifth, to No. 8 Hitter Tyler Saladino, going with him two outs to load the bases to face starter Brent Suter. But Suter is not an automaton like many jugs. Finally, he has a home run by Cleveland-Ace Corey Kluber.

Suter put a big at-bat on Weaver to win a nine-pitch fight by giving a double-past first baseman José Martinez, who hit some leather on the ball. Two runs came to the gate, but Saladino was eliminated from the first Thrown throw away, so that the Brewers were led 4-0.

With a few rashes in the fifth round, the Cardinals made a one-run play. Harrison Bader led with a single and Yairo Muñoz followed with a home run to the left, his first in the major leagues. Suter pulled back the next two strikes, but Matt Carpenter, who had bunched up against the shift for a punch in his previous at-bat, lined a homer to the right and suddenly it was 4-3.

The Brewers got one of those runs back to the low point of the innings when Travis Shaw kept a rally alive with a two-out single and Brown won his third hit, an RBI single. The big blow came in seventh when Jonathan Villar smashed a two- and three-headed homer to left-back left-back Brett Cecil, increasing the gap to 8: 3 and encouraging newcomer Josh Hader to warm up

FIVE TAKEAWAYS

NELSON, MILEY DO SOME: Right-handed Jimmy Nelson, who had recently taken a break from his throwing program to reboot a bit as he recovered from a major shoulder surgery, hooked in the outfield Monday morning , Nelson took 10 days after his surgeon Neal ElAttrache assured him that the shoulder would heal as expected. "We're going to go pretty slow with (Nelson)," said manager Craig Counsell. "He has a foundation of throwing, we will not start from scratch, but we'll be clear about how he feels." Lefty Wade Miley also played for the first time since joining a band on May 9th right oblique injury has gone into the DL. Miley is on the 60-day DL, so he's just starting his program.

YELICH STAY: There are many hotheads in the Brewers lineup today, but no more than outsiders Christian Yelich. His home game has increased his strike series to six games in which he beats .480 (12 for 25) with nine runs, two doubles, one triple, Homer, five RBI and three walks.

DISEASE DEMANDS FRANKLIN'S RECOVERY: Utility infielder Nick Franklin, who went to the DL with a quadriceps strain after just one game on May 8, dropped off his rehab program in Phoenix interrupt by illness. "He's not quite on the stage of the game, but he's not far away either," Counsell said. "He was sick all weekend."

QUIRKS OF THE SCHEDULE: The Brewers have a 4½ lead over Chicago and five games ahead of St. Louis, but the clubs are closer to losing. The Brewers have 20 losses, the Cubs have 22 and the cards have 23. The Brewers have played four games more than St. Louis and five more than Chicago, and not just because of rain. On Thursday, the brewers have three days in eight days. "You always look forward to days off," Counsell. "The place where there are no days off, you start to think a little forward."

STRICKER DELIVERS HIS PITCH: Professional golfer Steve Stricker threw out the solemn first pitch and talked about the upcoming American Family Insurance Championship on the Champions Tour, which will be held June 22-24 his hometown Madison is held. While doing well on the track and on the regular PGA Tour, Stricker says he's trying to follow the Brewers from afar. "They've got off to a great start this year, so there's sure to be a lot of excitement for the Milwaukee fans, it's good to see they play well." Stricker said he had "not baseballed for a while" but was good in his foreplay pitch.

RECORD

This year: 35-20

Last year: 29-26

VISIT

Monday: 42.867 (third sale) [19659006] This year: 892,241 (33,045 avg.)

Last year: 705,900 (28,236 avg.)

UP

Tuesday: Brewers vs , Cardinals, 18:40 Milwaukee RHP Zach Davies (2-4, 4.74) against St. Louis RHP Michael Wacha (5-1, 2.88). TV: FS Wisconsin. Radio: AM-620.