ST. LOUIS (AP) — Miles Mikolas continued his early season dominance of the National League Central, throwing seven shutout innings in the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 win over the Chicago Cubs on Friday night.
The win is the third straight for the Cardinals, their second in three games this season against a Chicago team they lost 14 of 19 games against a year ago. The Cubs, meanwhile, have now lost three games in a row for the first time this season.
Mikolas (4-0) allowed seven hits in his sixth start after signing with St. Louis during the offseason. Each of the right-hander’s starts has come against Central teams, and he’s allowed two or fewer runs in four straight games — throwing seven innings in each.
After pitching for three seasons in Japan, Mikolas’ ERA fell to 2.70 in the win. He didn’t walk a batter for the third straight start and has now allowed only two walks in 40 innings this season.
Tommy Pham provided the scoring for St. Louis with a three-run home run off Chicago starter Jose Quintana (3-2) in the second inning. All three of the runs were unearned after an error by Cubs shortstop Javier Baez, his eighth error of the season and third in his last five games.
Bud Norris earned his seventh save in seven chances for the Cardinals, doing so despite allowing three hits and a pair of runs in the ninth inning.