Burnes shuts down Cardinals’ offense in 8-0 Brewers win
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Corbin Burnes tossed seven shutout innings and Jace Peterson hit a three-run homer to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to an 8-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.
Lorenzo Cain and Rowdy Tellez also homered for the Brewers, who gained a split of the four-game set. Milwaukee has won four of six and stretched its road record to 13-10.
Burnes, the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, passed the 10-strikeout mark for the fourth game in a row with 11. Burnes (3-2) threw 70 strikes out of 99 pitches and recorded his eighth quality start in 10 appearances, allowing just two hits and one walk.
“We had a good game plan and we went out and executed,” Burnes said. “It’s kind of where we want to be all the time.
Burnes retired the first 10 batters he faced and did not allow a hit until Juan Yepez doubled with two out in the fourth.
“His cutter was moving a lot, a lot of horizontal movement on it,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. “It was a big-time performance when we needed it.”
Peterson pushed the lead to 4-0 with his fourth home run of the season in the fifth inning off Miles Mikolas (3-3), who gave up six earned runs on nine hits over 5 2/3 innings.
“When (Mikolas) made a mistake, we were able to make him pay,” Peterson said, “Normally, he’s been really tough for us. We were able to put some good swings on some pitches that he left over the middle. Fortunately, it worked out.”
Burnes and relievers Hoby Milner and Brent Suter combined on a four-hitter.
Tellez hit his 10th homer of the season in the sixth to push the lead to 5-0. Cain added a two-run shot off reliever Nick Wittgren in the eighth. Omar Narvaez had three hits and an RBI for the Brewers.
“They took some really good at-bats,” St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol said. “They had a great game plan.”
St. Louis’ Paul Goldschmidt extended his hitting streak to 20 games with a single in the ninth inning. He has reached base safely in a career-best 34 consecutive games.
“We just couldn’t really get anything going,” Goldschmidt said of the Cardinals, who were shut out for fourth time this season.
The Cardinals will play four of their next six games in the afternoon. They are 11-11 in day contests, including a 7-4 mark at home.
Brewers: INF Willy Adames, who has been sidelined since May 16 with a high left ankle sprain, was scheduled to make a rehab start at Low-A Carolina on Sunday.
Brewers: LHP Ethan Small, one of the top prospects, will make his major league league debut on Monday in the first of two games against the Chicago Cubs. “You love when a guy gets the opportunity that he’s earned,” Counsell said. “He’s certainly earned it.” LHP Aaron Ashby (0-3, 2.91) will start the second game of the doubleheader against LHP Drew Smyly (2-5, 4.08)
Cardinals: LHP Packy Naughton (0-1, 2.89) will face San Diego RHP Nick Martinez (2-2, 3.86) in the first of a three-game series on Monday. Naughton will be making his second start of the season. He gave up three runs in 3 1/3 innings of a 5-3 loss to Baltimore on May 10.
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