St. Louis Cardinals’
Tommy Edman watches
his RBI-single during
the eighth inning of a
baseball game against
the Milwaukee Brewers on
Sept. 21, 2021 (September
22 in Manila) in
Milwaukee. AP PHOTO
MILWAUKEE: Cardinals closer Giovanny Gallegos fanned pinch-hitter Pablo Reyes for the final out and St. Louis won its 10th straight game, increasing its playoff lead by holding off the division-leading Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila).
The Cardinals increased their edge for the second NL wild-card spot to four games over Cincinnati. San Diego began the day four games behind St. Louis and Philadelphia remained 4 1/2 back.
Milwaukee, which has secured a playoff spot, lost its third straight. The Brewers, whose magic number to clinch the NL Central stayed at three, lead the Cardinals by 9 ½ games.
Jake Woodford (3-3) and four relievers combined on a four-hitter as the Cardinals moved closer to the longest winning streak in franchise history, 14 games set in 1935. In their 130-year history, the Cardinals have only had 12 double-digit winning streaks.
“It’s hard to capture, because I don’t plan on being done with it. We keep moving to tomorrow,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said, “Regardless of the time of year you do that, it’s important – this time of year is clearly more magnified.”
Avisail Garcia singled to open the Milwaukee ninth and Lorenzo Cain grounded into a forceout – originally ruled a double play, the call was reversed by replay.
After Luis Urias walked, Cain took third on a flyout. Christian Yelich was intentionally walked and Gallegos struck out Reyes for his 11th save, and eighth in nine chances in September.
“Even when he’s not as sharp, he’s still going to figure out a way to compete and you can live with that,” Shildt said. “That’s what he did tonight.”
The Brewers are 2-5 in their last seven games, scoring a total of eight runs in the five losses.
“We’ve just had a quiet week,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “I think we’re going to have a big night one of these nights. We’re going to put a really big number on the board and we’re going to bust out of it. We didn’t do it tonight, but it’s coming. I believe that, I think our guys believe that.”