Los Angeles, CA – Garrett Jones and Jordy Mercer hit solo homers as the Pittsburgh Pirates ended the regular season with a 4-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday. The Pirates will host the Reds in Tuesday's wild-card game. Pittsburgh, which will be playing in the postseason for the first time since 1992, will send Francisco Liriano to the mound on Tuesday. The Reds will counter with Johnny Cueto. Josh Harrison and John Buck added an RBI apiece for the Pirates (94-68), who won all three games in this series to finish the year with an 11-8 mark against Cincinnati. Pittsburgh starter Brandon Cumpton (2-1) gave up two hits over five scoreless innings. Corky Miller knocked in two runs for the Reds (90-72), who lost five in a row to end the regular season. Greg Reynolds (1-3) allowed three runs on seven hits over five innings.
Final Score: St. Louis 4, Chicago 0
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Jon Jay, Daniel Descalso and Shane Robinson each drove in a run to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-0 win over the Chicago Cubs in the final game of the regular season. Tony Cruz also drove in a run for the Cardinals (97-65), who will host the winner of the NL Wild Card between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds on Oct. 3. St. Louis tied the Boston Red Sox for the top record in the majors. Joe Kelly (10-5) picked up the win after tossing 5 1/3 scoreless innings in relief. He allowed three hits and fanned five in the win.
Final Score: Atlanta 12, Philadelphia 5
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Elliot Johnson tallied two hits with five runs batted in and Evan Gattis smacked a two-run homer in the Atlanta Braves' 12-5 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in the season finale for both teams. Gerald Laird was 4-for-4 and scored four runs for Atlanta (96-66), which failed to secure home-field advantage throughout the National League playoffs after the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Chicago Cubs earlier on Sunday. The NL East-champion Braves, who won their first division title since 2005, finished with their best record since 2004 when they also tallied 96 wins. Atlanta will host the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS, which begins Thursday at Turner Field. Erik Kratz belted a three-run homer for Philadelphia (73-89), which dropped nine of its last 11 tilts to close the year.
Final Score: Colorado 2, Los Angeles 1
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Dodgers, down a run, loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth inning, but Rex Brothers struck out Skip Schumaker to send Colorado Rockies icon Todd Helton into retirement on a winning note. Charlie Blackmon and Troy Tulowitzki both knocked in a run, helping Colorado close out the regular season with Sunday's 2-1 win at Dodger Stadium. Helton, who announced earlier this month that the 2013 campaign would be the last in his 17-year career, went 1-for-4 with a walk in his final contest. Jeff Francis (3-5) limited the NL West champion Dodgers to a run on three hits and two walks over five innings. Hyun-Jin Ryu (14-8) worked four innings for Los Angeles, which heads into the playoffs having dropped four of its last five games. The Dodgers will play the Braves in the division series, beginning Thursday in Atlanta.
Final Score: Miami 1, Detroit 0
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Henderson Alvarez celebrated his no-hitter in an uncustomary place -- the on-deck circle. The Marlins right-hander pitched the fifth no-hitter in club history, but was watching with a bat in his hand as Giancarlo Stanton raced home on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Miami a 1-0 win over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. Alvarez (5-6) struck out four and walked one, with another man reaching base on an error and another that was hit by a pitch, but the game went into the bottom of the ninth with no score. With Luke Putkonen (1-3) on the mound, Stanton singled with one out and Logan Morrison followed with a base hit. A wild pitch moved the runners up a base, but Adeiny Hechavarria grounded out to short for the second out. Chris Coghlan then walked to load the bases, bringing Koyie Hill to the plate with Alvarez on deck. Putkonen, though, uncorked a wild pitch that got past Brayan Pena and Stanton raced home for the score to give Alvarez his no-hitter. It's the first time a Marlin has thrown a no-hitter since Anibal Sanchez, now with the Tigers, turned the trick on Sept. 6, 2006 against Arizona. Alvarez's feat allowed Miami to go into the offseason with something nice to build on, as the team went an NL- worst 62-100 and finished in last place in the NL East for the third straight year. Detroit, on the other hand, went 93-69 and will head into the postseason after taking home the AL Central crown for a third straight season. The Tigers, swept in three games to conclude the season, will begin the playoffs on the road as they will travel to Oakland when the Division Series starts on Friday. Justin Verlander pitched six innings for the Tigers and gave up just three hits and a walk with 10 strikeouts.
Final Score: New York 3, Milwaukee 2
Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - A pair of errors and an RBI grounder by Eric Young Jr. allowed the New York Mets to close the season with a 3-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. The Mets trailed heading into the home eighth, but Juan Lagares reached on an error to start the inning and raced home all the way from first when Jonathan Lucroy threw away Juan Centano's bunt. After a bunt single put runners on the corners and Josh Satin flied to shallow right, Young's slow tapper up the first-base line chased home the go-ahead run. Frank Francisco set the Brewers down in order in the ninth for his first save, as the Mets avoided a four-game sweep. Young also scored the first run for New York, which finished 74-88 for the second straight year and put the wraps on a fifth straight losing season. The Brewers had a four-game winning streak snapped and also wound up 74-88, finishing fourth in the NL Central. Marco Estrada went the first seven innings for Milwaukee and was in line for the win after yielding one run on two hits with no walks and eight strikeouts. Brandon Kintzler (3-3) was saddled with the loss. Vic Black (3-0) picked up the win for the Mets with a scoreless inning. Jon Niese went the first six innings for New York and was charged with two runs on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
Final Score: San Francisco 7, San Diego 6
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Hunter Pence's game-winning bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the San Francisco Giants to a 7-6 win over the San Diego Padres in the season finale for both teams. The Padres held a 6-5 lead entering the ninth, but Francisco Peguero led off the bottom half with a game-tying homer into the seats in left-center off Huston Street (2-5). Tony Abreu then singled before Brandon Belt walked. Buster Posey was then intentionally walked after Abreu scampered to third on a passed ball to load the bases. Pence, who finalized a five-year deal worth $90 million earlier Sunday, stepped up next and belted a single to deep center to plate Abreu. Pence finished with two hits and three RBI for the defending World Series-champion Giants (76-86), who won four of their last five games to close the year. Sergio Romo (5-8) tossed a scoreless top of the ninth to pick up the win. Jedd Gyorko smacked a grand slam for San Diego (76-86), which had won three of its last four tilts coming in.
Final Score: Arizona 3, Washington 2
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - A.J. Pollock's tie-breaking single capped a two-run rally in the bottom of the eighth inning that lifted the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 3-2 victory over the Washington Nationals in the season finale for both teams at Chase Field. Martin Prado tied the contest with an RBI single of his own off Ryan Mattheus (0-2) in the eighth and went 2- for-4 to help Arizona avoid a sweep of the three-game set and finish 81-81 for a second consecutive year. The comeback spoiled the final game for Nationals manager Davey Johnson, who announced last November that he will retire at the conclusion of the 2013 campaign. David Hernandez (5-6) threw a 1-2-3 top of the eighth to earn the win in relief of Wade Miley, who permitted two runs -- one earned -- over seven innings. Brad Ziegler struck out two in the ninth to nail down his 13th save. Nationals starter Tanner Roark received a no-decision despite holding the Diamondbacks to one unearned run and three hits over a seven-inning stint. Steve Lombardozzi went 2-for-4 with an RBI for Washington, which placed second in the NL East with an 86-76 record.