Milwaukee Brewers defeat St. Louis Cardinals, 4-3

St. Louis — ee what happens when you get effective pitching?

Left-hander Manny Parra recovered from a rocky beginning and the bullpen stared down slugger Albert Pujols not once but twice as the Milwaukee Brewers held on for a 4-3 victory Thursday over St. Louis to avoid a three-game sweep at Busch Stadium.

"That was a sound game," said Parra, who has excelled when facing the Cardinals this year in an otherwise up-and-down season.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) Rookie Casey McGehee wasn't about to be fooled twice by John Smoltz.

After looking at a called third strike his time up, the streaking McGehee hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Smoltz and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 on Thursday to avoid a three-game sweep.

"He abused me pretty bad on breaking balls," McGehee said of his first-inning at-bat. "He finally got one up enough to where I could get a hold of it."

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