ST. LOUIS – Aramis Ramirez knows he’s not supposed to have success like this against Adam Wainwright.
“I don’t have an explanation for it,” the Milwaukee Brewers cleanup man said after setting the tone with a home run and RBI double off the St. Louis Cardinals’ ace in a 7-4 victory Friday night. “He’s been one of the best pitchers in the game for a while.
“I don’t know, for some reason I get good swings and good pitches to hit.”
Ramirez has three homers, eight doubles and eight RBIs to go with a .415 average against Wainwright, the best in the majors against the right-hander. The homer was the first Wainwright has ever allowed on a 3-0 count.
“After the fact I probably should have been ready for it,” Wainwright said. “He had no reason not to (swing) right there.”
Phillies 2, Nationals 1
In Washington, Marlon Byrd hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth inning, and Roberto Hernandez pitched eight strong innings.
Reds 5, Marlins 2
In Miami, Mat Latos pitched seven strong innings, Ryan Ludwick drove in two runs, and Cincinnati beat the Marlins.
Giants 5, Mets 1
In New York, Ryan Vogelsong pitched a two-hitter for his second career complete game, and Hunter Pence emerged from a deep funk with a triple and three RBIs.
Padres 10, Braves 1
In San Diego, rookie Tommy Medica had a career-high five hits, including two two-run home runs.
Pirates 9, Diamondbacks 4
In Phoenix, Josh Harrison tripled, doubled and scored twice and the Pirates erupted in the final two innings.
Cubs 8, Dodgers 2
In Los Angeles, Kyle Hendricks scattered four hits over seven innings, and Starlin Castro had three hits.
Orioles 2, Mariners 1
In Baltimore, Chen Wei-yin won his fifth consecutive start and had a season-high eight strikeouts.
Indians 12, Rangers 2
In Cleveland, David Murphy was 4-for-4 with two RBIs against his former team.
Angels 5, Rays 3
In St. Petersburg, Florida, Mike Trout and Josh Hamilton homered.
Red Sox 4, Yankees 3
In Boston, Anthony Ranaudo pitched six solid innings in his major league debut.
Koji Uehara pitched the ninth for his 22nd save.
Ichiro Suzuki finished 1-for-2 for the Yankees.
Royals 1, Athletics 0
In Oakland, Raul Ibanez homered to break his own franchise record for oldest Royals player to clear the fences.
Norichika Aoki was 1-for-3 with a walk for Kansas City.
Astros 3, Blue Jays 1
In Houston, Gregorio Petit’s first career home run put Houston on top in the eighth inning.
Munenori Kawasaki was 0-for-2 for Toronto.
White Sox 10, Twins 8
In Chicago, Jose Abreu reached base five times while extending his hitting streak to 21 games.
Tigers 4, Rockies 2
In Detroit, Justin Verlander equaled his longest outing of the season, pitching eight solid innings to lift the Tigers.