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Brewers pound St. Louis; now best in MLB

The Milwaukee Brewers now have the best record in baseball, after pounding the St. Louis Cardinals 12-2 last night at Miller Park.

The Brewers scored four times in the fifth and they got a season-high seven runs in the sixth, highlighted by Tony Graffanino's three-run homer.

Geoff Jenkins also went yard for Milwaukee, which out-hit the Cards 17-9.

Jenkins and J.J. Hardy both went 4-for-5, and Hardy extended his career-high hitting streak to 12 games.

Ben Sheets won his first game since Opening Day, giving up two runs on six hits in six innings with three strikeouts. Sheets appeared to shake off his groin injury from last week with no trouble, as he improved to 2-2.

Braden Looper, who came with a 1.91 ERA, raised that figure by almost a full point. He gave up six runs on 11 hits in five innings with five "K's."

Looper lost for the first time since April 4 and is now 3-2.

Chris Duncan homered for St. Louis, which lost its fourth straight. That drove last year's World Series champions into a tie for last in the National League Central, 6.5 games behind the front-running Brewers.

At 17-9 Milwaukee is four games up on both Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.

The Brewers have now won five straight series and they'll go for a sweep of the Cardinals Wednesday afternoon. Left-hander Chris Capuano will start for Milwaukee against right-hander Anthony Reyes.