Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - The Cincinnati Reds' chances at the NL
Central title were slim heading into Wednesday's rubber match against the New
York Mets. Now, they have been eliminated from the division race. Daisuke
Matsuzaka was impressive over 7 2/3 scoreless innings, as the Mets blanked
the Reds 1-0 at Great American Ball Park. Matsuzaka (3-3) won his third
straight start after holding Cincinnati to four hits in the finale of a
three-game set. The Japanese right-hander struck out six and walked two.
Mat Latos (14-7) pitched seven strong innings for the Reds, but came up empty
in a fourth consecutive attempt at setting a new career-high in wins. The
loss, coupled with a win by first-place St. Louis over Washington, ended
any hopes at a division crown for playoff-bound Cincinnati. The Reds are one
game behind Pittsburgh and conclude the regular season at home this weekend
with three against the Pirates, a series that will determine home-field
advantage for Tuesday's NL wild-card game.
Final Score: St. Louis 4, Washington 1
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Shelby Miller gave up one run over six-plus
innings and the St. Louis Cardinals inched closer to their first NL Central
title since 2009 with a 4-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on
Wednesday. Miller (15-9) allowed four hits while striking out three and
walking three for the Cardinals, who went 6-0 against Washington this
season. On Tuesday, Michael Wacha carried a no-hitter for 8 2/3 innings.
Matt Adams hit a solo homer and scored twice for St. Louis, which has a magic
number of one to clinch the division crown. Yadier Molina knocked in two
runs and Matt Carpenter added an RBI. Bryce Harper drove in the lone run for
the Nationals, who saw starter Jordan Zimmermann (19-9) give up four runs on
six hits over seven innings.
Final Score: Chicago 4, Pittsburgh 2
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Darnell McDonald hit a three-run homer and the
Chicago Cubs held on Wednesday to win their last home game of the season 4-2
over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates kept their one-game lead for the
top NL wild-card spot over the Reds, who lost to the Mets. They fell three
games behind the Cardinals in the NL Central with just three to play because
St. Louis beat Washington. Jake Arrieta (4-2) pitched six innings for the win,
giving up a run, four hits and two walks with one strikeout. Kevin Gregg gave
up an RBI triple to Jose Tabata in the ninth but struck out two in a row to
earn his 33rd save of the season. The Cubs went 31-50 at Wrigley Field this
season. They snapped a three-game losing streak and avoided being swept by
the Pirates at home for the first time since May 5-7, 2000. The Pirates, off
to the playoffs for the first time since 1992, will finish their season at
Cincinnati this weekend.
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