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 ST. LOUIS (AP) -Ryan Ludwick's RBI single capped a three-run ninth inning against Milwaukee Brewers closer Francisco Cordero in the St. Louis Cardinals' 7-6 victory on Saturday in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.
Cordero (0-4) has 32 saves in 37 chances, and all five blown saves have come on the road. He has a minuscule 0.33 ERA at home, and an 8.62 ERA on the road. He has a blown save and a loss in his last two appearances, after giving up two runs in 1 1-3 innings on Thursday in Cincinnati.
Russ Springer (5-1) pitched the ninth for the Cardinals, who are 2-3 during a seven-game homestand against the two teams they're chasing in the NL Central. St. Louis had lost four in a row to the Brewers by a combined score of 35-5.
Pinch hitter Chris Duncan flared a double just inside the left-field line with one out in the ninth to start the rally and scored on Albert Pujols' single. Scott Rolen's RBI double tied it and he scored easily on Ludwick's hit.
Ryan Braun was 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs for the Brewers to back rookie Manny Parra, who pitched six strong innings and hit a two-run double in his first career start.
Mets 3, Nationals 1
NEW YORK (AP) - Orlando Hernandez tossed seven crisp innings to help New York win the opener of a day-night doubleheader.
Ruben Gotay's RBI single in the seventh inning gave the Mets a 2-1 lead and made a winner out of Hernandez (7-4), who has won three straight decisions. New York has won 11 of El Duque's 17 starts this season.
David Wright walked after Gotay's hit, and Carlos Delgado grounded an RBI single into right field against Saul Rivera (4-3) to make it 3-1.
Aaron Heilman worked a perfect eighth for the Mets and Billy Wagner got three outs for his 24th save. It also was career save No. 348, moving him past Randy Myers for seventh on the list.
Tim Redding gave up one run and five hits in six innings and Felipe Lopez homered for Washington. D'Angelo Jimenez also had two hits.
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