St. Louis, MO – Chris Carpenter pitched eight strong innings for-4 with a homer and two RBI as the Cardinals beat 2, to avoid a three-game sweep.
Rafael Furcal and Pujols both went deep in the first inning after the Brewers were spotted a 2-0 lead.
Carpenter (8-8) gave up 10 hits and won for the seventh time in his last eight decisions. It was a big turnaround for the right-hander, as he was 0-2 with an 8.18 ERA in two previous starts against the Brewers this season.
Fernando Salas fanned two batters in the ninth inning to notch his 22nd save.
Yovani Gallardo (13-8) was saddled with the loss after allowing seven hits and five runs -- four earned -- over five frames.