Braun’s slam res­cues Brew­ers

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ST. LOUIS — Ryan Braun still stands out at op­por­tune times for the Brew­ers.

“I’m not as good as I was,” the 35-year-old said. “But in big mo­ments, I’m the guy still.”

Braun hit a go-ahead grand slam off Ju­nior Fer­nan­dez with two outs in the ninth in­ning, and the Brew­ers beat the Car­di­nals 7-6 on Sun­day to keep up their play­off push by win­ning for the ninth time in 10 games. The home run also set a Brew­ers’ fran­chise record with 232 homers, one more than in 2007.

The Brew­ers re­mained one game be­hind the Cubs for the sec­ond NL wild card and closed within three games of the NL Cen­tral-lead­ing Car­di­nals.

With the Car­di­nals ahead 4-3, Jon Gant (10-1) walked Ben Gamel and Travis Shaw start­ing the ninth, struck out Trent Gr­isham and walked Yas­mani Gran­dal.

Tyler Webb re­tired Mike Mous­takas on a fly­out, Fer­nan­dez re­lieved and Braun drove a hang­ing slider to left-cen­ter for his sev­enth ca­reer slam and a 7-4 lead.

“We had one bul­let left,” Brew­ers man­ager Craig Coun­sell said. “Ab­so­lutely in­cred­i­ble.”

A six-time All-Star, Braun en­tered with a .133 bat­ting av­er­age in Septem­ber.

“I be­lieve in my­self. I’ve had a lot of suc­cess in those mo­ments,” Braun said. “I think I’m able to lock it in a lit­tle bit more.”

Tommy Ed­man hit a two-run homer with one out in the bot­tom of the ninth off Josh Hader, who struck out Harrison Bader and pinch-hit­ter Tyler O’Neill for his 33rd save.

DILIP VISHWANAT/GETTY-AFP

The Brew­ers’ Ryan Braun cel­e­brates af­ter hit­ting a grand slam against the Car­di­nals.

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