29 September (WNN) — The St. Louis Cardinals extended their franchise-record winning streak to 17 games with a 6–2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. They also won the final National League wild card playoff berth with the win.
Veteran pitcher Adam Wainwright conceded seven hits and two runs in six innings to earn his 17th win of the season at Busch Stadium in St.
Right fielder Dylan Carlson, pinch hitter Jose Rondon and third baseman Nolan Arenado each selected for the Cardinals.
The Cardinals (88-69) will face the San Francisco Giants (103-54) or the Los Angeles Dodgers (101-56) in a wild card game on October 6.
“It was settled [about] Realizing that we are a better team than what we were showing [earlier this season] And when we play right we can go out there and compete with anyone,” Wainwright told reporters.
“And that’s what we did.”
Neither team scored in the first three innings on Tuesday in St. Louis. Shortstop Luis Urius gave the Brewers a 2-0 lead with a two-run homer off Wainwright at the top of the fourth. The Cardinals leveled the score in the bottom half of the innings.
Carlsen hit a 0–1 fastball from Brewers starter Brandon Woodruff to the right field fence and led the half-inning. Cardinals center fielder Harrison Bader and shortstop Paul DeJong followed with back-to-back singles.
Bader later came on to score on Wainwright’s sacrificial bunt, batting two. The Cardinals dropped fielder Tyler O’Neill, propelled first baseman Paul Goldschmidt with an RBI single in the bottom of fifth. Arenado followed with a sacrifice of RBI to give the Cardinals a 4-2 lead.
Rondon hit a single homer in the bottom of the sixth. Arenada fired another single shot in the bottom of the seventh.
Goldschmidt and O’Neill each scored 2 for 4 and scored a run in the win. Arenado scored 1 for 3 with two RBIs.
The Ureas and third baseman Jess Peterson recorded two hits each for the Brewers. Woodruff conceded seven hits and two runs in four innings.
The Cardinals host the Brewers at Busch Stadium on Wednesday at 7:45 p.m. EDT. The Brewers won the National League East Division with an 8-4 win over the New York Mets on Sunday in Milwaukee.