Reds’ elimination number down to 1 with Cardinals’ 16th straight win

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.

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (46) is greeted by left fielder Tyler O'Neill (27) after hitting a home run against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning at Wrigley Field on Sept. 26.

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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