Michael Wacha cooled off NL MVP Christian Yelich, Matt Carpenter and Marcell Ozuna each went deep, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3 on Wednesday to avoid being swept.

Yelich came in batting .556 with four home runs and 10 RBIs in the series, but he was 0 for 2 with a strikeout and a walk against Wacha. Yelich did single in a run in the eighth off Andrew Miller.

Wacha (1-0) bounced back after a tough start Thursday against the Dodgers. He struck out seven over six innings, allowing two runs and five hits to improve to 6-0 career against the Brewers.

St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Marcell Ozuna hits a home run against the Milwaukee Brewers during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)
St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Marcell Ozuna hits a home run against the Milwaukee Brewers during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)

Relief pitcher Aaron Wilkerson spoiled Wacha’s bid for a shutout in the fifth with a two-run homer, his first major league hit.

Jordan Hicks pitched the ninth for his fourth save.

Milwaukee starter Corbin Burnes (0-2) got beat by the long ball again. He surrendered three home runs in each of his first three starts, then coughed up two more against St. Louis. He’s allowed a major league-most 11 on the season.

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Corbin Burnes pitches to the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)
Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Corbin Burnes pitches to the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)

Ozuna went deep in the second and Carpenter in the fourth. It was Ozuna’s fourth consecutive game with a homer and eighth overall.

The Brewers had won nine of 10 against St. Louis, including four in a row, but two RBI singles by Matt Weiters and one apiece by Paul DeJong and Kolten Wong helped snap that streak. DeJong went 4 for 5.

Burnes struggled through 3 1/3 innings, allowed nine hits, walked two and struck out three.

Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar, right, reacts after being called out against the St. Louis Cardinals during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)
Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar, right, reacts after being called out against the St. Louis Cardinals during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cardinals: The Cardinals placed OF Harrison Bader (right hamstring strain) on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to April 14, and recalled rookie OF Lane Thomas. He came in as a defensive replacement for Jose Martinez in the eighth. … C Yadier Molina got the day off.

Brewers: CF Lorenzo Cain got the day off and Ben Gamel started in his place. … RHP Jeremy Jeffress, reinstated from the 10-day IL (right shoulder injury) on Tuesday, made his first 2019 appearance in the eighth.

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Corbin Burnes, left, gives up a home run to St. Louis Cardinals' Marcell Ozuna, right, during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)
Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Corbin Burnes, left, gives up a home run to St. Louis Cardinals’ Marcell Ozuna, right, during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)

UP NEXT

Cardinals: RHP Adam Wainwright (1-1, 3.94 ERA) starts against the New York Mets on Friday.

Brewers: RHP Zach Davies (2-0, 1.53 ERA) pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday. He beat them 4-1 at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, allowing one run over seven innings.

St. Louis Cardinals' Paul Goldschmidt is congratulated by the bench after scoring off a RBI single against the Milwaukee Brewers by Paul DeJong during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)
St. Louis Cardinals’ Paul Goldschmidt is congratulated by the bench after scoring off a RBI single against the Milwaukee Brewers by Paul DeJong during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)

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