The Milwaukee Brewers didn't really care that they set a club record by going 32 innings without scoring a run.

All that mattered was their new streak of scoring runs in three consecutive innings.

Putting aside their ignominious scoring famine, the Brewers rallied for a badly needed 4-3 victory Sunday over the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Jonathan Lucroy's 10th-inning home run and some clutch relief pitching.

"That's about as improbable a victory as I've been a part of, seriously," said Ryan Braun, whose two-run homer in the eighth finally put the Brewers on the board and gave them a chance.

"Just the way things were going, the way we were playing and the momentum they had, and as good as their bullpen is, that shows you how quickly a game can turn around," added Braun.

And not a moment too soon.

With the Brewers trailing, 3-0, after seven innings, the major concern seemed to be the possibility, if not the likelihood, that they would be shut out in all three games of the series. Only the 1972 Brewers had suffered three consecutive blankings in club history, and no Brewers team had failed to score in a three-game series.

The Brewers did surpass the '72 club's record of 31 consecutive scoreless innings, but Braun stopped it there with his opposite-field, two-run shot off reliever Trevor Rosenthal, one of the hardest throwers in the league. Before Braun's second homer of the season, the Brewers had not advanced a runner as far as third base for 26 innings.

"We forgot what it was like to come back to the dugout and high-five," said Braun. "It had been awhile."

Having cut the lead to one run, the Brewers rallied to tie the game in the ninth but blew a chance to do more. Carlos Gomez (3 for 5) greeted closer Mitchell Boggs with a single and came around to score on Yuniesky Betancourt's double to right-center. When catcher Yadier Molina's throw to third on Logan Schafer's sacrifice bunt was too late, the Brewers had runners on the corners with no outs.

The Cards brought in side-arming lefty Randy Choate to face the left-handed-hitting Norichika Aoki, prompting manager Ron Roenicke to try a safety squeeze. But Aoki fouled off the first attempt, then popped out to Molina.

"They brought in a nasty lefty," explained Roenicke. "If it was somebody else I probably would have let Nori swing. But (Choate) is really tough on lefties. I thought it was a pretty safe play because Nori is usually so good at it."

Righty Edward Mujica took over and made a nice play on Jean Segura's high chopper behind the mound, fielding it to get Betancourt at the plate. Braun then grounded out sharply to first and the Brewers had to settle for a tie.