Brewers blank Cardinals, extend division lead
The victory broke St. Louis's six-game win streak.
Corbin Burnes, Brad Boxberger, Devin Williams and Josh Hader combined to throw a four-hitter as the visiting Milwaukee Brewers blanked the St. Louis Cardinals 2-0 on Tuesday night.
The Brewers earned their MLB-leading 15th shutout while snapping the Cardinals' six-game winning streak.
Former Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong reached base four times and drove home a run for the Brewers, who improved to 7-1 on their 10-game road trip.
The National League Central-leading Brewers increased their lead over the second-place Cincinnati Reds to 8 1/2 games and the third-place Cardinals to 11 games.
Burnes (8-4) allowed just two hits and two walks in six innings. Boxberger, Williams and Hader worked an inning each, with Hader earning his 24th save.
Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (11-7) allowed two runs on nine hits and two walks in six innings.
He opened the game by hitting Wong with a pitch. Willy Adames followed with a single and Eduardo Escobar lined a one-out single to left field. Wong tried to score on the play, but left fielder Tyler O'Neill threw him out at the plate.
Omar Narvaez drew a walk to load the bases, but Avisail Garcia grounded out to end the threat.
The Brewers took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Rowdy Tellez led off with a double and scored on Wong's two-out bloop double.
Christian Yelich led off the third inning with a double and scored on Narvaez's one-out double to make it 2-0.
Burnes lined a one-out single in the fourth inning and advanced to third on Wong's ground-rule double. Adames walked to load the bases, but Wainwright struck out Yelich and got Escobar to hit an inning-ending grounder.
Burnes held the Cardinals hitless until Tommy Edman's one-out single in the sixth inning. Edman raced to third on Goldschmidt's single, but Nolan Arenado and O'Neill popped out to strand the runners.