Marcell Ozuna crushed a home run 450 feet for the Cardinals, who are just a half-game behind the Philadelphia Phillies for the top Wild Card spot. They have now won 10 of their past 11 overall, knocking the Brewers out of the final playoff spot. The Cardinals have also won won seven straight series, and are well within striking distance in the NL Central race.
Following the win on Saturday and a Chicago Cubs' 3-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, the "Red-birds" sit just four games back from the top spot in the division. They took the opener to the series on Friday night as well, and now have their longest series win streak since winning eight in a row from April 10th-May 7th of 2015.
Ozuna's blast was his 15th of the season and came off of Brewers starter Wade Miley, who dropped to 2-2 on the year. Paul DeJong and Harrison Bader each drove in two on the night, as the Cardinals improved to 21-10 under interim manager Mike Shildt. He took over after the Cardinals fired Matheny on July 14th. At that time, the Cardinals were four games out of the final Wild Card spot and 7.5 games behind the Cubs in the division.
Travis Shaw and Christian Yelich both went deep for the struggling Brew-Crew, who have dropped six of their past eight. They will look to avoid the sweep and get back in the playoff picture in Sunday's series finale.