National League Game Capsules

5:36 PM, Sep 25, 2013   |    comments
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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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