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ST. LOUIS -- Jose Martinez's first career multi-home run game meant a little more to him.

His mom was there to see it.

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ST. LOUIS -- Jose Martinez's first career multi-home run game meant a little more to him.

His mom was there to see it.

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"It's special, because it's the first time she's watched me play in the big leagues, so for me to give this day for her, it's huge, you know what I'm saying? She's going to be back in Venezuela ... but she's going to be happy," Martinez said.

Martinez had two home runs and three RBIs to back Lance Lynn's strong start as the Cardinals beat the Brewers, 6-0, on Tuesday in the first game of a day-night doubleheader at Busch Stadium.

Video: MIL@STL: Jose Martinez on big game against Brewers

Martinez made his 14th start of the season on Tuesday and made the most of it.

"[Tommy Pham has] been doing a great job, and you know obviously [Dexter Fowler] is rolling and [Stephen Piscotty] is swinging the bat as well, so it's been difficult, but impressive, and he's doing a nice job even in the outfield," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "I think he's doing everything we could ask, and when we talk about dangerous hitters, I think you throw him in that category."

Video: MIL@STL: Cardinals plate three runs in the 5th inning

Martinez opened the scoring with a solo homer, his second of the season, off Brewers surprise starter Brent Suter (0-1) in the fifth. He added an RBI sacrifice fly in the sixth inning and another solo home run in the eighth.

The offensive outburst backed a 95-pitch start on a steamy 95-degree day for Lynn (5-3), who earned his first victory since May 5 with five strong innings. He allowed three hits, struck out eight and walked four before the bullpen took over.

Video: MIL@STL: Lynn fans eight over five innings

"It honestly looked like he had better movement than normal just from some of the swings," Matheny said, "where it looked like they were on him, and then it was under the bat or it was running in on them more and they had to cheat, anything moving away had more effectiveness because it was running so hard to the third-base side.

"When you see a guy that's having that many swings and misses mostly with the fastballs, it's either overpowering and it's great location and movement, and he just has some natural deception and it plays harder than what the gun says."

John Brebbia tossed a clean sixth for St. Louis, and Tyler Lyons finished it off with three efficient innings for his first career save as the Cardinals won their fourth in a row.

Suter, who was called up from Triple-A as the extra 26th player on the roster because of the doubleheader, found out less than 30 minutes before the game that he would be starting in place of Brewers No. 8 prospect Brandon Woodruff, who was set to make his Major League debut but felt his right hamstring tighten up before the game.

"I was surprised to say the least," he said. "I was in there eating crackers, getting ready for the game and got the call, 'Hey Sute.' I thought it was like bad news or something. I thought something happened. It turns out it kind of was bad news Woody went down. But 25 minutes later I'm starting at Busch Stadium." 

Suter allowed three runs -- all in the fifth inning -- on five hits over 4 2/3 innings.

"He did a heck of a job, he really did," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "He pitched outstanding. He didn't deserve to give up three runs. A couple really just kind of bloopers at the end kind of got him. But he did a heck of a job." 

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Escape artist: The Brewers had Lynn on the ropes in the top of the fifth, loading the bases with one out on singles by Suter -- his first Major League hit -- and Eric Sogard and a walk from Eric Thames. But Lynn retired Hernan Perez and Travis Shaw on flyouts to center field, with Shaw's reaching the warning track, to keep Milwaukee off the scoreboard.

Video: MIL@STL: Lynn retires Shaw to escape bases-loaded jam

"We have to get going offensively," Counsell said. "Last three days have been pretty dry as far as just creating opportunities. We're just having to be perfect on the other end. Offensively we have to just produce more opportunities is the big thing."

Breakout inning: The Cardinals broke the game open with a three-run fifth inning. The solo home run from Martinez got it started, but reserve outfielder Chad Huffman kept it going. Pinch-hitting for Lynn with two outs, Huffman delivered a triple into the left-field corner -- his first Major League hit since 2010 and first career triple -- to keep the inning alive. Matt Carpenter followed with an RBI ground-rule double and then scored on Fowler's RBI single to right.

Video: MIL@STL: Huffman rips his first career triple to left

QUOTABLE
"That felt good. That was really, really fun. I got some congratulations from the other guys, too, the Cardinals' guys on the bases, so that was really cool. Just a ground ball that found the hole. I was trying to go opposite field because it was two strikes. I got the bat on the ball and got a hit. It was awesome." -- Suter, on his fifth-inning single, his first career hit

Video: MIL@STL: Suter singles to left for first career hit

"It was a fun deal. It probably happened a lot of times throughout our career, especially in high school and college. I mean in Little League, I'm sure he probably drove me in there, too. It was a special moment for us." -- Huffman, on longtime teammate and childhood friend Carpenter driving him in for a run in the fifth inning

Video: MIL@STL: Carpenter doubles home Huffman in 5th

SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
Lyons became the 138th career Cardinals pitcher since 1938 to record at least one save of three innings pitched or more.

Video: MIL@STL: Lyons retires Santana to notch first save

STICKY SITUATION
There was a slight delay at the beginning of the bottom of the third inning after the Brewers took the field. It turns out Suter needed to remove some pine tar from his jersey before he could go back out on the mound.

"When I was putting on my batting gloves, in the batter's box, there was a bat there I was going to use as the doughnut bat, and I put it in between my arm and my chest and it just got pine tar all over my jersey and my elbow, and actually I did it again the second time," Suter said. "So we just had to clean it all off and use tape remover to get it all off because I don't use pine tar for balls. It actually hurts my changeup and everything. I had to clean it off and get back out there. It was weird."

Video: MIL@STL: Suter switches his jersey before 3rd inning

WHAT'S NEXT
Brewers: After right-hander Jimmy Nelson starts the nightcap of Tuesday's day-night doubleheader, righty Matt Garza will make his return from the disabled list to start Wednesday's game at St. Louis. First pitch for both games is scheduled for 7:15 CT.

Cardinals: In the nightcap of Tuesday's doubleheader, left-hander Marco Gonzales will take the mound for the first time since 2015, after undergoing Tommy John surgery last year. The Cardinals will follow that up with righty Mike Leake in Wednesday's start against the Brewers.

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Nate Latsch is a contributor to MLB.com based in St. Louis and covered the Brewers on Tuesday.

Alaina Getzenberg is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis and covered the Cardinals on Tuesday.

Chad Huffman, Lance Lynn, Tyler Lyons, Jose Martinez, Brent Suter, Kolten Wong