MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin, USA – With home runs by Paul Goldschmidt and Tyler O’Neill, the St. Louis Cardinals thrashed the division-leading Milwaukee Brewers 10-2 on Wednesday night for their 11th straight win and extend their advantage in the dispute for the second wild card of the National League.
Goldschmidt also had a double, a single and scored four runs as St. Louis extended its best winning streak since the club won 11 straight games in 2001.
The Cardinals had a 14-win streak in 1935, the longest in their history, with a roster led by Hall of Fame pitcher Dizzy Dean.
On August 10, St. Louis was 8 1/2 games out of contention for the wild card before its current winning streak. Now he leads Cincinnati and Philadelphia by four and a half games for the last passage to the NL playoffs.
The Brewers, whose magic number to win the NL Central title stands at three, are 8 1/2 games ahead of the Cardinals.
Miles Mikolas (2-2), who did not play the entire 2020 season due to a right shoulder injury and a significant portion of this season due to a stiff forearm, gave up two runs and four hits in seven innings. It was his longest performance of the season.
St. Louis scored six runs before Milwaukee starter Brett Anderson (4-9) left the mound with a two-out count in the second inning. He faced 13 batters and allowed six hits, including a home run and three consecutive doubles.
For the Cardinals, Puerto Rican Yadier Molina 4-0. Panamanian Edmundo Sosa 4-2, one scored.
For the Brewers, Venezuelans Eduardo Escobar 4-0; Avisaíl García 3-1, one scored, one RBI; Manny Piña 1-0 and Omar Narváez 4-1, one scored. The Mexican Luis Urías 3-1, an RBI. Jandel Gustave 1-0.