By Steve Megary, sports writer for the Associated Press
Milwaukee (AP) — Corbin Burns continued his recent mastery of the St. Louis Cardinals, allowing the Milwaukee Brewers to beat their division rivals to take the top spot at NL Central.
Burns produced seven dominant innings and Tyrone Taylor secured a 2-0 win over the Cardinal’s Brewers on Monday night. The Brewers and Cardinals were linked with leading the division as they began this four-game series.
“I try not to make any game any bigger than it is,” Burns said. “It’s still mid-June baseball. And the other one, you start putting extra pressure on yourself and you start trying to do too much.”
The Brewers went on an eight-game streak with six wins out of eight.
Burns (5-4) hit a 10 and only allowed two hits and walked twice while delivering an ace-caliber performance to help a team well below full strength with Brandon Woodruff, Freddy Peralta and Aaron Ashby on the hit list.
“I thought Corbyn was as good as we’ve seen this year,” said Brewers director Craig Konsell.
NL Cy Young winner’s performance was remarkably similar to the May 29 outing in an 8-0 win over St. Louis.
In two games against the Cardinals this season, Burns scored 21 in 14 goal-free runs while allowing four hits and three walks. He scored 1.64 ERA in 22 innings against the Cardinals last season.
The only two hits allowed on Monday came from Juan Ypez, who had two doubles in the second and two in the seventh.
His stuff is electric,” said Oliver Marmol, the Cardinals’ manager. “We know it is.”
Devin Williams retired from the team in the standings for eighth and Josh Hader worked out ninth in his 20th stop on 21 chances. Hader was reinstated earlier in the day after being with his family last week while his wife gave birth to their son Lucas Alexander.
The Cardinals finished with three hits.
Brendan Donovan beat a single to start game ninth but was sent off in an effort to reach second on the pitch that he eloped. Donovan was flagged on the heel by Brewers 2nd team captain Luis Urillas before slipping into the base.
“This brand saved the game out there,” said Omar Narváez, Mask Brewers.
Hader then retired Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado.
“It’s just a matter of knowing who’s behind you – Goldie and Nolan,” Marmol said of Donovan’s decision. “If you score seventh there and it’s one game, be aggressive. That’s something he’ll learn from. He’ll be fine.”
Burns needed to be on top of his game against St.Louis Miles Mikulas, who had taken a one-stroke advantage off the beaten path last Tuesday before allowing a double to Cal Mitchell by two points in the ninth game of the 9-1 game. Victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The match was goalless with each team taking just one hit before the Brewers broke through the bottom of the fifth inning.
After Keston Hiura singles with one, Taylor hit a Mikulas weightlifter 2-2 over the center field wall. This season’s Homer Taylor VII traveled an estimated 416 feet.
Mikulas (5-5) lasted 6 1/3 innings and allowed these two runs plus four hits while hitting three and walking two.
“He’s kind of the one who blinks first or (you) kind of know it might be a one ball swing game,” Micholas said. “They put a good swing on the ball, and that was it.”
Cardinals: Tyler O’Neal went into the injured list after straining his left hamstring while running the bases on his ninth two-stroke Sunday in a 6-4 loss to Boston. “Something grabbed me a little bit about first base,” O’Neill said. Cardinals summon Lars Nutbar of Triple-A Memphis. …Director General Michael Gersh has indicated that Jordan Hicks will prepare for a relief role during the Right Holder’s rehabilitation mission. Hicks entered the season with 112 games — all on break — but he’s started in seven of his nine games this season at 1-4 with a 5.02 ERA.
Brewers: Ashby went on the retroactively injured list until Friday with a left forearm infection. Ashby was scheduled to start Tuesday’s game. Ashby said before Monday’s game that he was struggling to throw his slide during Sunday’s bulls session. … Woodruff is scheduled to make a rehab appearance Thursday for Brewers’ Single-A business in Appleton, Wisconsin. Woodruff was listed three weeks ago with an ankle injury but has since been dealing with Raynaud’s syndrome, which causes reduced blood flow to the fingers.
The streak continues on Tuesday as RHP Jack Flaherty (0-0, 6.00 ERA) starts with the Cardinals and RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (0-0, 7.71) makes his Brewers debut.
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