MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- The St. Louis Cardnals expect offense from
's contributions were a pleasant surprise.
Perez had three hits, including a home run, and two RBI as St. Louis cruised to a 9-1 victory over the
Perez hit his first homer since April 29, a two-run shot in the second inning that put St. Louis ahead 6-0.
Pujols had four hits, recorded his 30th multi-hit game of the season and had three runs scored. The 23-year-old superstar has had a hit, run and RBI in the same game 30 times this season.
"He just doesn't throw any at-bats away," Cardinals manager
Tony La Russa
said. "You'd think if you were on our club, you would watch him and learn him. He's going to take his best at bat every at bat. He's got so much mental toughness."
(5-4) earned his fourth win in five starts. He allowed one run and seven hits in seven innings and struck out three.
"They jumped out to a big lead for him," Milwaukee's
said. "They got to a big lead and he was able to throw what he wanted and we had to hit his pitches. He was effective not letting us get to him."
(1-11) pitched the shortest outing of his career, lasting just one inning, and gave up eight runs and six hits. He has surrendered a National League-leading 124 hits in 76 1/3 innings and is winless in his last 13 starts.
"When you're struggling as bad as I am, it is hard to explain," Rusch said. "I am at a loss for words sometimes. It wasn't there tonight. I'm not really sure why. If I knew, it would be just that easy to correct it. If I was a manager or pitching coach, I know I would have to make some decisions. I know it won't be the outcome I want."
The Cardinals batted around and scored four runs apiece in the first and second innings.
After J.D. Drew popped out to start the first inning, Perez and Pujols singled.
singled to plate Perez, then advanced to second when
In the second, Drew led off the inning with a walk and scored on Perez's fourth homer of the year. Rusch gave up another single to Pujols and walked Renteria and Rolen to load the bases.
came in to replace Rusch and gave up a single to Cairo, scoring Pujols and Renteria.
Pujols and Renteria combined for another run in the ninth. Pujols had his fourth single and scored when Renteria reached on an error by
John Vander Wal
"I'm hitting the ball great right now, but I don't take anything for granted," Pujols said. "I know we got a big lead out there in my last at-bat, but I put a good swing on it because I try not to waste any at-bats."
Simontacchi started an uproar between the benches in the second inning when he hit
in the knee. The Brewers responded in the six when a pitch by reliever Dan Kolb hit
, breaking his left pinkie finger. Later that inning, Kolb threw a brushback pitch to Simontacchi, who had words with the reliever.
"A guy gets hit here, a guy gets hit there," Perez said. "It's just part of baseball. The best thing is, the ball doesn't bite, it just hits."
Umpire Marvin Hudson did not issue a warning until the eighth inning when former Brewer
in the back.