Carlos Martinez made sure an early lead didn’t slip away from the Cardinals two nights in a row.

The right hander, who struggled in his first outing, came within one misplayed double-play grounder of his third career shutout. He allowed four hits over 8 1/3 brilliant innings, striking out 10 and walking two to lift St. Louis past the Brewers, 6-0, for a series victory last night at Miller Park in a game you heard on WBBZ.

The Cardinals, who evened their record at 3-3 after two road series, now head to St. Louis for their much-anticipated home opener with Adam Wainright  starting  against Arizona tonight at 6:15 p.m on WBBZ