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MLB: St. Louis 8, Milwaukee 3

MILWAUKEE, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Pitcher Jake Westbrook's first career home run turned out to be a grand slam Wednesday, one that boosted the St. Louis Cardinals to an 8-3 win over Milwaukee.

The Cardinals have won the first two games of the three-game series, but still trail the first-place Brewers by 8 1/2 games in the National League Central.

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Rafael Furcal and Albert Pujols hit homers in the first inning to give St. Louis a lead but Milwaukee came back to get the game tied in the third.

St. Louis then loaded the bases on the fourth on two hit batters and a single and Westbrook came up with one away. He hit the first pitch from Randy Wolf (11-9) over the wall in left.

Westbrook, playing his first full season in the National League after spending a decade in the American, became the second veteran pitcher to hit his first career homer Wednesday. Atlanta's Derek Lowe also did so in his 15th major league season while the Braves were beating Washington 3-1.

Westbrook improved to 11-7 while giving up three runs on eight hits in five innings.

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