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McClanahan wins 5th straight start, Rays sweep 3 from Cards

Shane McClanahan pitched eight superb innings to win his fifth consecutive start and the Tampa Bay Rays completed a three-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals with a 2-1 victory on Thursday.


Ji-Man Choi hit a two-run homer as the Rays moved a season-high 11 games over .500.


McClanahan (7-2) allowed one unearned run, two hits, walked one and struck out nine, The lefty, who leads the majors with 98 strikeouts, has given up just five runs over 40 innings in his last six starts.


Jason Adam worked the ninth to get to his second save


Miles Mikolas (4-4) had an eight-inning complete game, allowing three hits and striking out nine.


Mikolas retired his first nine batters on just 27 pitches before running into trouble during the fourth.


Kevin Kiermaier had a leadoff single and scored on Choi's one-out homer that made it 2-0. 


he Cardinals got within 2-1 in the sixth after an error by McClanahan.


Paul Goldschmidt extended his career-best on-base streak to 45 games with a two-out walk and went to second when Nolan Arenado singled for the Cardinals' second hit.


Albert Pujols hit a soft comebacker that McClanahan failed to catch barehanded. McClanahan recovered, but made an errant throw to first that allowed Goldschmidt to score.

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