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Braun sends two flying as Brew Crew beat Cards

The Milwaukee Brewers are back at .500, after beating St. Louis 8-3 Monday night at Miller Park.

Ryan Braun homered twice for the second straight day, giving him nine on the season.

This one was pretty much over in the third inning, when the Brewers scored five times to go up 6-1.

Bill Hall hit a solo shot. Mike Cameron doubled, scored and drove in a run. Also, Corey Hart singled twice in four trips as the Brewers took 3-4 from the Redbirds.

Dave Bush finally got his first win, giving up a run on four hits in six innings. Eric Gagne pitched the seventh and eighth innings, the first time in six years he appeared so early.

Gagne surrendered a run on two hits, just a day after he temporarily lost his closer's job. Guillermo Mota threw the final out to get his first save.

Rick Ankiel homered for the Cardinals, and Adam Wainwright was shelled for eight runs in six innings. He took the loss to go 3-2.

The Cards have lost 5-6 and they've dropped to second place in the National League Central, a game behind the Chicago Cubs.

The Brewers remain in fourth place at four back.

Tuesday, Milwaukee will host the Los Angeles Dodgers. Right-hander Carlos Villanueva will face Dodgers' righty Brad Penny.