Cardinals sweep Giants, stay on track for wild card

ST. LOUIS (AP) Miles Mikolas' outing against the San Francisco Giants was typical, and typical for him is pretty good.

Mikolas won his fourth straight start, Matt Carpenter hit his NL-leading 36th homer and the Cardinals beat the Giants 9-2 to complete a three-game sweep and remain on track for the NL's second wild card.

St. Louis (87-69) has won three straight games and six of seven. The Cardinals remained 1 1/2 games ahead of Colorado (85-70) and two games behind Milwaukee, the wild card leader. St. Louis hosts the Brewers (89-67) in a three-game series starting Monday night.

''We feel pretty good,'' Mikolas said. ''We feel strong. We feel like we're a team that's real dangerous and a team that's going to come out and give a lot of people trouble.''

Mikolas (17-4) allowed two runs - one earned - and two hits in seven innings with eight strikeouts and no walks. John Brebbia and Giovanny Gallegos, who made his Cardinals debut, finished a five-hitter.

''I had some good sink of my fastball so I tried to use that a lot,'' said Mikolas, tied with Washington's Max Scherzer and Chicago's Jon Lester for the NL lead in wins. ''Just pound the zone. They took some swings early so I was able to get some quick outs.''

Mikolas has made 11 starts of at least seven innings and the two hits he gave up were a season low.

''He works ahead in the count so that creates doubt,'' Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. ''He can pretty much throw any pitch he wants at any time in the count. He throws inner half, which sets up the outer half, which disrupts the balance of the hitter and he can change speed which disrupts the timing of the hitter. That combination is what pitching is.''

Andrew Suarez (7-12) gave up two runs and six hits in five innings as San Francisco gave him three runs or less of run support during his time in the game for the 21st time this season. The Giants finished 31-50 on the road for a two-year record of 57-105 away from home.

San Francisco has lost 10 straight road games against NL Central teams since winning at the Chicago Cubs on May 27.

''It's a tough lineup,'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of the Cardinals. ''They've got power, speed, good athletes.''

The bottom two in the Cardinals batting order built a 2-0 lead with two-out singles, by Yairo Munoz in the second and Mikolas in the fourth.

Harrison Bader bunted in a run to spark a five-run sixth that includes RBI singles by Munoz and Paul DeJong around Jose Martinez's two-run double. Carpenter hit a two-run homer off Casey Kelly in the eighth.

''Everybody contributed,'' Carpenter said. ''Guys finding a way to score even when we've got some guys that aren't getting it done. It's the making of a good team.''

Brandon Crawford's two-run homer in the seventh stopped an 0-for-9 skid.

''I've faced him a few times back in 2012 but other than that I haven't seen him for years,'' Crawford said of Mikolas. ''I was just looking for something up that I can put in play and try and just get the bat on and fortunately saw the curve ball enough to put the barrel on it.''

TRAINING ROOM

Cardinals: 2B Kolten Wong missed his second consecutive start after leaving Friday's game in the seventh inning with cramps in both hamstrings.

DEBUT

INF Edmundo Sosa was recalled from Triple-A Memphis. Sosa made his debut when he walked as a pinch-hitter in the eighth, and he scored on Carpenter's home run.

UP NEXT

Giants: LHP Derek Holland (7-8, 3.57 ERA) starts the first of a three-game series at home against San Diego and RHP Bryan Mitchell (1-4, 6.16 ERA) on Monday night. Holland will make his first start since July 18, which was also against the Padres, where he allowed four runs in five innings.

Cardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty (8-8, 3.08 ERA) kicks off a three-game home series Monday night against Milwaukee and RHP Chase Anderson (9-8, 3.93 ERA). Flaherty is 1-1 with a 2.35 ERA in four career starts against the Brewers.

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  • HR: SF - B. Crawford (14), STL - M. Carpenter (36)
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  • b-singled for Strickland in the 8th
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  • a-walked for Brebbia in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Hundley (13)
  • HR - B. Crawford (14)
  • RBI - B. Crawford 2 (54)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Longoria 2 (2), B. Crawford, A. Hanson, A. Garcia
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Martinez 2 (28), H. Bader (19)
  • HR - M. Carpenter (36)
  • SH - H. Bader (2), M. Mikolas (5)
  • RBI - M. Carpenter 2 (79), J. Martinez 2 (82), P. DeJong (64), H. Bader (37), Y. Munoz 2 (39), M. Mikolas (6)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Martinez 2 (42), P. DeJong (24), Y. Munoz (13), M. Mikolas (5)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Carpenter, M. Ozuna, J. Gyorko 2 (2), P. Wisdom, Y. Munoz, M. Mikolas 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Panik-Crawford-Garcia)
FIELDING
  • E - Y. Munoz 2 (16)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Suarez (L, 7-12)5.06221504.221.273.5
R. Black0.12441006.451.12-7.0
S. Okert0.10000000.000.250.0
P. Johnson0.12110105.531.39-2.5
H. Strickland1.01001103.641.361.5
C. Kelly1.01221212.891.450.0
PITCHERSIP
A. Suarez (L, 7-12)5.0
R. Black0.1
S. Okert0.1
P. Johnson0.1
H. Strickland1.0
C. Kelly1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Mikolas (W, 17-4)7.02210812.941.0932.0
J. Brebbia1.02000103.351.201.5
G. Gallegos1.01000204.091.273.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Mikolas (W, 17-4)7.0
J. Brebbia1.0
G. Gallegos1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - C. Kelly
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Suarez 77-50, R. Black 18-10, S. Okert 2-1, P. Johnson 18-11, H. Strickland 17-11, C. Kelly 22-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Suarez 5-5, R. Black 2-0, H. Strickland 1-0, C. Kelly 1-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Suarez 22, R. Black 5, S. Okert, P. Johnson 3, H. Strickland 4, C. Kelly 6
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Mikolas 96-72, J. Brebbia 18-12, G. Gallegos 24-17
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Mikolas 7-8
  • Batters Faced - M. Mikolas 25, J. Brebbia 5, G. Gallegos 4
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E. Longoria 3B41000022.245.284.419.7030.0
B. Crawford SS41121011.256.322.397.7206.5
N. Hundley C40100020.247.305.414.7201.0
C. Shaw LF40100021.222.308.333.6410.0
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  • a-struck out for Suarez in the 6th
  • b-singled for Strickland in the 8th
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J. Martinez RF40220010.304.362.453.8155.5
T. O'Neill PR-RF01000000.252.304.512.8162.0
P. DeJong SS50110042.239.311.435.7460.0
M. Ozuna LF40000122.277.321.429.7500.0
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J. Gyorko 3B21100102.274.357.435.7913.0
P. Wisdom PR-3B11000101.227.333.500.8332.0
Y. Molina C41200001.270.322.444.7673.0
A. Garcia LF00000000.125.125.188.3130.0
H. Bader CF32210012.272.342.437.7795.5
Y. Munoz 2B41220012.277.344.418.7624.5
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  • a-walked for Brebbia in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Hundley (13)
  • HR - B. Crawford (14)
  • RBI - B. Crawford 2 (54)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Longoria 2 (2), B. Crawford, A. Hanson, A. Garcia
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Martinez 2 (28), H. Bader (19)
  • HR - M. Carpenter (36)
  • SH - H. Bader (2), M. Mikolas (5)
  • RBI - M. Carpenter 2 (79), J. Martinez 2 (82), P. DeJong (64), H. Bader (37), Y. Munoz 2 (39), M. Mikolas (6)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Martinez 2 (42), P. DeJong (24), Y. Munoz (13), M. Mikolas (5)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Carpenter, M. Ozuna, J. Gyorko 2 (2), P. Wisdom, Y. Munoz, M. Mikolas 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Panik-Crawford-Garcia)
FIELDING
  • E - Y. Munoz 2 (16)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Suarez (L, 7-12)5.06221504.221.273.5
R. Black0.12441006.451.12-7.0
S. Okert0.10000000.000.250.0
P. Johnson0.12110105.531.39-2.5
H. Strickland1.01001103.641.361.5
C. Kelly1.01221212.891.450.0
Total8.01299491---
PITCHERSIP
A. Suarez (L, 7-12)5.0
R. Black0.1
S. Okert0.1
P. Johnson0.1
H. Strickland1.0
C. Kelly1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Mikolas (W, 17-4)7.02210812.941.0932.0
J. Brebbia1.02000103.351.201.5
G. Gallegos1.01000204.091.273.0
Total9.05210111---
PITCHERSIP
M. Mikolas (W, 17-4)7.0
J. Brebbia1.0
G. Gallegos1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - C. Kelly
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Suarez 77-50, R. Black 18-10, S. Okert 2-1, P. Johnson 18-11, H. Strickland 17-11, C. Kelly 22-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Suarez 5-5, R. Black 2-0, H. Strickland 1-0, C. Kelly 1-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Suarez 22, R. Black 5, S. Okert, P. Johnson 3, H. Strickland 4, C. Kelly 6
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Mikolas 96-72, J. Brebbia 18-12, G. Gallegos 24-17
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Mikolas 7-8
  • Batters Faced - M. Mikolas 25, J. Brebbia 5, G. Gallegos 4
  • 8TH INNING
    Carpenter homered to right, Sosa scored29
  • 7TH INNING
    Crawford homered to right, Longoria scored27
  • 6TH INNING
    DeJong singled to deep left, O'Neill scored07
    Martinez doubled to left center, Bader and Munoz scored06
    Munoz singled to left, Molina scored, Bader to third04
    Bader hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Wisdom scored, Molina to second03
  • 4TH INNING
    Mikolas singled to shallow right, Bader scored02
  • 2ND INNING
    Munoz singled to left, Gyorko scored, Molina to second01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Giovanny Gallegos pitching
    • Francisco Pena catching
    • Adolis Garcia in left field
    • B. Crawford: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Crawford struck out swinging
    • N. Hundley: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hundley struck out swinging
    • C. Shaw: Strike swinging, Ball, Shaw singled to right
    • A. Hanson: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Hanson flied out to left
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • John Brebbia relieved Miles Mikolas
    • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Garcia popped out to shortstop
    • Hunter Pence hit for Hunter Strickland
    • H. Pence: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pence singled to left
    • G. Blanco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Blanco singled to right, Pence to second
    • J. Panik: Ball, Panik flied out to center, Pence to third
    • E. Longoria: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Longoria struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Casey Kelly pitching
    • Edmundo Sosa hit for John Brebbia
    • E. Sosa: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Sosa walked
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Carpenter homered to right, Sosa scored
    • T. O'Neill: Ball, O'Neill hit by pitch
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
    • M. Ozuna: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Ozuna struck out on foul tip
    • P. Wisdom: Ball, Foul, Wisdom grounded into fielder's choice to third, O'Neill out at second
    • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Longoria safe at first on 2nd baseman Munoz fielding error
    • B. Crawford: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Crawford homered to right, Longoria scored
    • N. Hundley: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hundley struck out swinging
    • C. Shaw: Ball, Strike looking, Shaw lined out to center
    • A. Hanson: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Hanson flied out to left
    • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • Hunter Strickland relieved Pierce Johnson
    • P. Wisdom: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Wisdom walked
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Molina grounded out to shortstop, Wisdom out at second
    • H. Bader: Strike swinging, Bader singled to right
    • Y. Munoz: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Munoz struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Chase d'Arnaud hit for Andrew Suarez
    • C. d'Arnaud: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, d'Arnaud struck out swinging
    • G. Blanco: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Blanco struck out looking
    • J. Panik: Panik grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Ray Black pitching
    • J. Gyorko: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gyorko walked
    • Patrick Wisdom ran for Jedd Gyorko
    • Y. Molina: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Molina singled to right, Wisdom to third
    • H. Bader: Bader hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Wisdom scored, Molina to second
    • Y. Munoz: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Munoz singled to left, Molina scored, Bader to third
    • M. Mikolas: Foul, Ball, Mikolas hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Munoz to second
    • Steven Okert relieved Ray Black
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Carpenter fouled out to third
    • Pierce Johnson relieved Steven Okert
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Martinez doubled to left center, Bader and Munoz scored
    • Tyler O'Neill ran for Jose Martinez
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, DeJong singled to deep left, O'Neill scored
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (5 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • N. Hundley: Hundley doubled to left
    • C. Shaw: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Shaw struck out swinging
    • A. Hanson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Hanson popped out to shortstop
    • A. Garcia: Garcia popped out to first
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Suarez Pitching:
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ozuna flied out to right
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • G. Blanco: Strike looking, Foul, Blanco grounded out to second
    • J. Panik: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Panik lined out to center
    • E. Longoria: Longoria safe at first on 2nd baseman Munoz fielding error
    • B. Crawford: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Crawford flied out to right
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • A. Suarez Pitching:
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Molina popped out to second
    • H. Bader: Ball, Bader doubled to right
    • Y. Munoz: Munoz lined out to right
    • M. Mikolas: Foul, Mikolas singled to shallow right, Bader scored
    • M. Carpenter: Carpenter flied out to deep right
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • A. Hanson: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Hanson flied out to deep center
    • A. Garcia: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Garcia struck out looking
    • A. Suarez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Suarez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Suarez Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Carpenter grounded out to first
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Martinez doubled to deep right center
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ozuna walked
    • J. Gyorko: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Gyorko grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Ozuna out at second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • B. Crawford: Strike swinging, Ball, Crawford grounded out to first
    • N. Hundley: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hundley grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Shaw: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Shaw struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Suarez Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Ozuna grounded out to third
    • J. Gyorko: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gyorko singled to left
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Molina singled to right, Gyorko to second
    • H. Bader: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bader struck out swinging
    • Y. Munoz: Strike swinging, Munoz singled to left, Gyorko scored, Molina to second
    • M. Mikolas: Mikolas grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • G. Blanco: Strike looking, Blanco grounded out to first
    • J. Panik: Strike looking, Panik grounded out to second
    • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Longoria struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Suarez Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Foul, Carpenter lined out to shortstop
    • J. Martinez: Martinez grounded out to third
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)