St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - David Freese hit a grand slam as part of a five-run first inning, while Matt Holliday's RBI single in the fourth proved to be the difference as the St. Louis Cardinals edged the Milwaukee Brewers, 7-6, in the opener of a three-game set at Busch Stadium.
Holliday scored a run and added another RBI single and Jon Jay drove in one run for the Cardinals, winners in four of their last five. Jaime Garcia (5-2) picked up the win, though he allowed six runs on six hits over 5 1/3 frames.
Aramis Ramirez accounted for all of Milwaukee's offense on a pair of three-run homers. Wily Peralta (3-4) gave up all seven runs -- six earned -- on 11 hits and stuck out six over five innings for the Brewers, who have dropped four straight and are a mere 8-22 over their last 30 games versus St. Louis.