The St. Louis Cardinals' 16th consecutive win on Sunday left the Cincinnati Reds' wild-card elimination number at 1, meaning a St. Louis win or a Cincinnati loss would mathematically remove the Reds from playoff contention.
The Reds defeated the Washington Nationals, 9-2, but couldn't gain any ground on the red-hot Cardinals in the National League wild-card standings as St. Louis completed a series sweep of the Cubs in Chicago.
The Reds trail the Cardinals by 6 games. The Philadelphia Phillies also trail St. Louis by 6 games after their 6-0 loss Sunday to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Cardinals and Phillies are idle Monday. The Reds play a make-up game Monday afternoon against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ball Park.
The Reds, Phillies and Cardinals all have 6 games remaining in the 2021 Major League Baseball season.
The Cardinals are 87-69. The Reds are 81-75. The Phillies are 81-75.
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