Jon Lester notched his two hundredth occupation win, Nolan Arenado hit a two-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 Monday evening for their ninth consecutive win.

The Cardinals have gained 9 straight for the primary time since 2004 to solidify their grip on the second NL wild card. They entered the evening three agmes forward of Cincinnati and Philadelphia for the ultimate phrase postseason spot.

The longest worthwhile streak in franchise historic earlier is 14 video video video games, set in 1935.

Milwaukee’s magic quantity over the Cardinals to clinch the division title remained at three.

Lester (7-6) is the third vigorous pitcher with 200 wins, becoming a member of Houston teammates Justin Verlander (226) and Zack Greinke (219). He’s the thirtieth left-hander in major-league historic earlier to appreciate the mark.

St. Louis obtained on the board inside the primary on Arenado’s homer, his thirty third of the season, off Freddy Peralta (9-5).

Milwaukee clawed right as soon as extra contained in the second. Avisail Garcia, who returned to the beginning lineup after lacking 4 video video video games with decrease as soon as extra spasms, led off with a homer off Lester. Luis Urias adopted two batters later with a solo shot of his personal to tie it.

Lester retired 10 straight till giving up a single to Jackie Bradley Jr. with two outs contained in the fifth. Lester surrendered three runs and 7 hits in six innings. He struck out two and didn’t stroll a batter in an setting nice, 77-pitch outing.

Cardinals’ relievers Kodi Whitley, T.J. McFarland and Luis García held the Brewers scoreless over the ultimate phrase three innings. García obtained his first save of the season.

Peralta retired 11 of 12 till permitting the primary two batters to appreciate contained in the sixth. The Cardinals took a 3-2 lead on Yadier Molina’s run-scoring single.

Peralta gave up seven hits and three runs in six innings. He struck out 9 and walked one.

St. Louis tacked on a run contained in the seventh when Matt Carpenter, batting for Lester, hit a leadoff double and scored on Paul Goldschmidt’s sacrifice fly. Molina drove in a single totally different run contained in the eighth to increase the tip in 5-2.


Cardinals: OF Tyler O’Neill seem like in appreciable ache after fouling a ball off his left shin contained in the sixth. He remained contained in the recreation after a go to from the coach.

Brewers: Reinstated SS Willy Adames (left quadriceps pressure) from the 10-day injured itemizing and optioned INF/OF Tim Lopes to Triple-A Nashville. “He’s been annoying for a couple days, in a nice way,” supervisor Craig Counsell acknowledged of Adames. “He’s been ready to play. You can kind of sense that.” … OF Lorenzo Cain remained out of the beginning lineup as he continues to take care of soreness from crashing into an outfield wall on Saturday. “It’s not as bad as we thought,” Counsell acknowledged. … Bradley began considerably than Cain however is coping with plantar fasciitis. … LHP Brent Suter had a abdomen bug that lately restricted his availability, in response to Counsell.


RHP Jake Woodford (2-3, 4.30 ERA) will take the mound for the Cardinals contained in the second recreation of the gathering whereas RHP Brandon Woodruff (9-9, 2.55) goes for the Brewers. Woodford will most likely be making his second occupation begin within the course of Milwaukee. Woodruff is 3-2 with a 3.32 ERA in eight occupation video video video games (six begins) vs. St. Louis.