The St. Louis Cardinals got seven strong innings from pitcher Miles Mikolas and swept the Cincinnati Reds, winning 9-2 Sunday afternoon at Busch Stadium.
The loss drops Cincinnati to 3-18 on the season, surpassing the 1931 Reds club for the worst start to a season through 21 games in franchise history.
Second baseman Kolten Wong got the Redbirds' offense started with a home run in the bottom of the second, giving St. Louis a 1-0 lead.
The home team added two more in the bottom of the third as Dexter Fowler drove in a run with an infield hit and Tyler O'Neill, getting the start in left field, picked up a sacrifice fly to make it a 3-0 game.
That's all Mikolas (3-0) needed as he allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits with no walks and six strikeouts.
The Reds put their only two runs on the board in the sixth inning as Jesse Winker drove in a run with a double and veteran first baseman Joey Votto picked up an RBI single to cut the Cards lead to 3-2.
St. Louis busted out for three runs in the eighth and three more in the ninth against Cincinnati's bullpen as reliever Kevin Quackenbush gave up all six runs.
The big blow was a three run homer by shortstop Paul DeJong in the eighth, then Greg Garcia got a pinch hit double in the ninth to drive in two more runs.
Reds starter Luis Castillo (1-3) takes the loss, giving up three runs on seven hits in five innings.
The Cardinals improve to 13-8 on the season and are tied with Milwaukee (14-9) for first place in the National League Central,
After an off day on Monday, St. Louis welcomes the New York Mets to town on Tuesday for a 7:15 p.m. game.
Veteran right hander Adam Wainwright had been slated to start Tuesday's contest, but was put on the ten day disabled list Sunday morning with right elbow inflammation,
Manager Mike Matheny announced after Sunday's game that Luke Weaver (2-1, 4.22 ERA) will get the start on Tuesday. He'll be opposed by New York's Steven Matz (1-1, 4.42 ERA).
The Cardinals improve to 7-0 this season against the Reds and have won 11 straight against Cincinnati dating back to last season.
Mikolas has thrown seven innings in consecutive starts, and is the only St. Louis pitcher to throw seven plus innings in back to back starts this season.
Fowler tied a career high with four walks in Sunday's game.
Yadier Molina continues his torrid hitting, going 3-4 with two singles, a double, and a sac fly in Sunday's game, raising his batting average to .316.
Garcia's two run double off the bench represents the Cardinals' first runs driven in by a pinch hitter this season.