Corbin Burnes allowed just two hits in seven scoreless innings as the visiting Milwaukee Brewers blanked the St. Louis Cardinals 8-0 Sunday to earn a split in the four-game series.
The first-place Brewers increased their National League Central lead over the second-place Cardinals to 3 1/2 games.
Burnes (3-2) struck out 11 batters and walked only one. Hoby Milner and Brent Suter pitched a scoreless inning each to complete the shutout.
Jace Peterson hit a three-run homer and Lorenzo Cain added a two-run homer and an RBI single to pace the Brewers’ offense.
Cardinals starting pitcher Miles Mikolas (3-3) allowed a season-high six runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Milwaukee took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Tyrone Taylor hit a two-out single and Omar Narvaez followed with an RBI double into the right field corner.
The Cardinals used a fielding gem in the fourth inning to stay within a run. Rowdy Tellez hit a two-out single and tried to score when Taylor hit a double into the right-center field gap, but Tommy Edman’s relay throw to catcher Andrew Knizner caught Tellez sliding into home.
The Cardinals threatened in their half of the inning when Nolan Gorman drew a two-out walk and Juan Yepez hit a double. But Burnes coaxed an inning-ending flyout from Donovan.
The Brewers gave Burnes working room in the fifth inning. Narvaez walked, Cain hit a single and Peterson launched his three-run homer to make it 4-0.
Milwaukee chased Mikolas from the game in the sixth inning. Tellez hit a solo homer, Narvaez hit a triple and Cain reached on an infield RBI single to score Narvaez and make it 6-0.
Cain’s two-run homer off reliever Nick Wittgren in the eighth inning boosted the lead to 8-0.
Paul Goldschmidt hit a ninth-inning single to extend his hitting streak to 20 games and his on-base streak to 34 games.
–Field Level Media