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Davis carries Crew with pair of 2-run homers

MILWAUKEE -- Khris Davis hit a pair of two-run home runs, including one in the eighth off former teammate Jonathan Broxton, that powered the Brewers' 5-4 win over the Cardinals on a see-saw Sunday at Miller Park.

Davis' fourth career multi-homer game and his second in four days was the difference in a game that saw three lead changes -- each on a home run. Elian Herrera also homered as Milwaukee avoided what would have been a three-game sweep for the Cardinals, who lead the National League Central and will open a key series against the second-place Pirates on Tuesday.

In a no-decision, Milwaukee starter Jimmy Nelson didn't allow a run until Jason Heyward's RBI single in the sixth. Nelson was one out shy of getting through the seventh with a 3-1 lead intact when Cardinals leadoff man Matt Carpenter hit a slider to the second deck of Miller Park's right-field bleachers for a short-lived St. Louis lead.

"Late-inning homers are big emotional swings, and lead-changing home runs," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "So there were some big emotional swings."

Carpenter crush: With two runners in scoring position, two outs and the Brewers nursing a two-run lead, Counsell paid a visit to Nelson on the mound as Carpenter prepared to step into the box. Counsell stuck with his 26-year-old starter, and Carpenter made the Brewers pay. Carpenter has an extra-base hit in each of his last six games, including home runs in two of the three games of this series, and an NL-leading 16 extra-base hits since the All-Star break. More >

"It looks a lot like what we saw early in the season," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of Carpenter's recent form. "I think it just proves to him that [the early season production] wasn't necessarily a fluke."

Cards' streaks snapped: St. Louis pitchers had worked 38 consecutive innings without allowing a run and 62 consecutive innings without allowing a home run before Brewers third baseman Herrera snapped both streaks with one swing in the third inning. His solo homer off Cardinals starter John Lackey came one pitch after Jean Segura was thrown out trying to steal second base (a call confirmed by instant replay) and gave Herrera more home runs this season (five) than Jonathan Lucroy (four) in 22 fewer games.

Video: [email protected]: Herrera blasts homer to break Cards' streak

Davis goes deep, too: Three batters after Herrera put the Brewers on the board, Davis padded the lead with a two-run homer off Lackey that made it 3-0. Davis became the third Brewers batter with double-digit home runs, joining Ryan Braun and Adam Lind. More >

"It was a shame, that one bad inning. He gave up next to nothing all day," Matheny said of Lackey's performance.

Video: [email protected]: Davis launches two-run homer off Lackey

Birthday boy: Heyward, celebrating his 26th birthday, blooped a broken-bat single into center to score Kolten Wong and get the Cardinals on the board in the sixth. The hit was Heyward's second of the game, including a double to lead off the second.

Video: [email protected]: Heyward drives in Wong on single to center

"It is the same guys playing, we're just giving them a different place at the table." -- Counsell, who shuffled his starting lineup after the team was shut out in the first two games of the series

Segura was caught stealing second base for the first out of the third inning, but Counsell almost immediately issued a challenge. After a review, the out call was confirmed by an angle that showed shortstop Jhonny Peralta tagged Segura on the helmet before Segura reached the bag.

Video: [email protected]: Brewers challenge out call at second in 3rd

Cardinals: After an off-day on Monday, St. Louis will host the division-rival Pirates for a three-game set. The Cardinals have split the first 10 games against the Pirates this season and will turn to starter Carlos Martinez (11-4, 2.57 ERA) for the series opener. His first pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. CT on Tuesday.

Brewers: After an off-day on Monday, the Brewers begin a brief three-game road trip to Wrigley Field on Tuesday. Taylor Jungmann (6-3, 2.26 ERA), coming off a career-high eight strikeouts in a win over the Padres, is scheduled to start against new Cub Dan Haren beginning at 7:05 p.m. CT.

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Brandon Curry is an associate reporter for Adam McCalvy is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.