In what amounted to the biggest game of the year to date rookie pitcher Alex Reyes had – by far – his best start of the season. The Cardinals top pitching prospect for the last couple seasons went seven shutout innings to lead the Redbirds to a huge 3-0 win in San Francisco.
The 22-year old allowed just four hits and, most important of all, walked only two while striking out six.
The victory decreases the Cardinals deficit in the chase for the final wild card spot in the National League to just one game behind the Giants. The New York Mets are a game in front of San Francisco and have the first wild card spot.
There are 13 games left to go in the regular season.
Aledmys Diaz and Jhonny Peralta were responsible for all the runs the Cardinals scored on offense. Diaz hit his 16th home run of the season in the third inning with Matt Carpenter on base to give the Cards an early lead. Peralta singled home Kolten Wong in the eighth for added insurance.
Kevin Siegrist and Seung Hwan Oh pitched scoreless innings to preserve the shutout.
The Cardinals head to Colorado for a three game series with the Rockies starting Monday. They have series with the Cubs, Reds and Pirates remaining to conclude the 2016 regular season on October 2.