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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Ryan Braun hit a solo home run in the ninth inning and the Milwaukee Brewers beat St. Louis 2-1 Sunday, dropping the Cardinals back in the NL wild-card race.

The Cardinals are a half-game behind the Mets for the second wild-card slot.

Braun connected off Kevin Siegrist (5-3) for his 27th homer of the season.

St. Louis had tied it in the eighth when Matt Carpenter doubled and scored on Stephen Piscotty’s sacrifice fly off Tyler Thornburg (6-5).