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Cardinals beat Brewers, maintain lead

CLOSING ON TITLE:The win put St Louis one win away from a post-season berth, while the Detroit Tigers rallied in a six-run ninth inning to edge the White Sox 7-6

AP, MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin

Lance Lynn of the St Louis Cardinals pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Saturday.


Matt Carpenter broke Stan Musial’s team record for doubles by a left-handed batter in a season and Lance Lynn won for the first time since early last month as the St Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-2 on Saturday to maintain a two-game lead in the National League Central.

Seeking their first division title since 2009, the Cardinals (91-64) have surged ahead of Pittsburgh (89-66) and Cincinnati (88-67), who fell three back with a 4-2 loss in Pittsburgh.

St Louis lowered their magic number to one for clinching a post-season berth, won for the 12th time in 17 games and improved to 14-4 against the Brewers this year, including 8-1 in Milwaukee.

At Detroit, the Tigers tied the game with an astonishing six-run rally in the ninth inning, then beat the Chicago White Sox 7-6 in the American League when Omar Infante hit an infield single with the bases loaded in the 12th.

Infante’s grounder deflected off the glove of reliever Jacob Petricka (1-1) with one out, and the Tigers spilled onto the field with Comerica Park in a frenzy. Detroit were to play their final scheduled home game of the year yesterday and could a third straight AL Central title with a win and a Cleveland loss.

Trailing 6-0 in the ninth, the Tigers scored five runs before the first out. Pinch-hitter Andy Dirks hit a three-run homer to pull Detroit within one.

Tampa Bay’s Alex Cobb took a three-hit shutout into the ninth inning and Desmond Jennings drove in four runs as the Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-1 in a matchup of exhausted teams to maintain their lead in the AL wild-card race.

The first pitch came 10 hours, 56 minutes after the Rays’ 5-4, 18-inning win over Baltimore that ended at 2:05am, a game that stretched on for six hours and 54 minutes — a record time for both teams.

Saturday’s game, by comparison, seemed to breeze by in two hours and 51 minutes.

Tampa Bay lead for the wild-card, a half-game ahead of Cleveland. Texas are one game behind the Rays.

Cleveland’s Scott Kazmir allowed four hits in seven shutout innings, while Michael Brantley hit a two-run homer as the Indians maintained their hold on an AL wild-card spot with a 4-1 win over Houston.

The Texas Rangers kept close in the playoff race by beating the Kansas City Royals 3-1, while the Oakland Athletics lowered their magic number to one for clinching their second straight AL West title with a 9-1 win over the Minnesota Twins.

In other AL games, the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Boston Red Sox 4-2, the New York Yankees blanked the San Francisco Giants 6-0 and the Los Angeles Angels edged the Seattle Mariners 6-5.

In the NL, A.J. Burnett scattered four hits over seven strong innings to help the Pittsburgh Pirates move a game in front of Cincinnati for the top spot in the NL wild-card race with a 4-2 win over the Reds.

Chicago’s Dioner Navarro hit a tiebreaking single in a three-run eighth inning as the Cubs downed Atlanta 3-1 to keep the Braves on the brink of the NL East championship.

In other games, the Los Angeles Dodgers blanked the San Diego Padres 4-0, the Arizona Diamondbacks downed the Colorado Rockies 7-2 and the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 in a game called off in the seventh inning due to rain.

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