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PITTSBURGH (AP) Matt Carpenter raced home to break a scoreless tie in the ninth inning when two Pittsburgh Pirates outfielders mishandled Jon Jay's single, and Mark Reynolds followed with a two-run homer to lift the banged-up St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-0 win on Monday night.

The Cardinals reduced their magic number to clinch a third straight NL Central title to two after getting to Pittsburgh closer Mark Melancon (3-2). St. Louis can wrap up the division with a victory at Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.

In the bottom of the seventh, Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty was carted off the field following a violent collision with teammate Peter Bourjos. The team said Piscotty was taken to the hospital with a head contusion, and tests were negative. He will be held overnight for observation.

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Jonathan Broxton (4-5) earned the win, and Trevor Rosenthal got three outs for his 48th save.


CLEVELAND (AP) - Emergency starter Tommy Milone replaced an ill Phil Hughes and pitched Minnesota to a big win for its wild-card chances.

Hughes, one of several Twins players hit with a virus that has spread throughout the team, was scratched about 4 hours before the game. Milone (9-5), removed from the rotation two weeks ago, stepped in and allowed two runs in 5 2-3 innings.

Minnesota (81-75) began the day trailing Houston by 1 1/2 games in the race for the second AL wild card. The Astros played later in Seattle.

Cleveland (77-78) was four games behind the Astros before its costly defeat.

Kevin Jepsen worked the ninth for his 14th save.

Corey Kluber (8-16) allowed four runs in six innings and lost to Minnesota for the second time in a week.


CHICAGO (AP) - Pinch-hitter Chris Denorfia led off the 11th inning with a home run, lifting the Cubs to the victory.

Denorfia drove the first pitch from Miguel Almonte (0-2) into the left-field bleacher for the Cubs' major league-leading 13th walk-off victory of the season. It was Denorfia's third homer of the season.

Fernando Rodney (2-0) pitched a scoreless top of the 11th to get the win.

The homer ended a pitcher's duel that was a makeup of a May 30 rainout. Both teams combined for eight hits.


BALTIMORE (AP) - The Blue Jays edged closer to clinching the AL East title, getting a homer from Edwin Encarnacion and scoring a ninth-inning run to secure a comeback victory over the Orioles.

Toronto's fifth straight victory, coupled with the Yankees' loss to Boston, reduced the Blue Jays' magic number for securing the division to two.

After scoring twice in the eighth to pull even, the Blue Jays got the decisive run against Brad Brach (5-3). Dioner Navarro led off with a single, and was replaced by Dalton Pompey, who advanced on a single. After a sacrifice moved the runners up, Pompey scored when Justin Smoak hit a dribbler to first and Chris Davis threw wildly to the plate.

Brett Cecil (5-5) pitched one inning and Roberto Osuna got two outs for this 20th save.

Ryan Flaherty hit a three-run homer for the Orioles, who have lost four straight.


NEW YORK (AP) - Eduardo Rodriguez became the first Red Sox rookie left-hander to win 10 games in 43 years, and Boston slowed the Yankees' march toward a postseason berth.

The Yankees had a chance to clinch their first playoff appearance since 2012 with a win - what would've been their 10,000th franchise victory - and losses by Minnesota, Texas and the Angels.

But scoreboard watching was rendered unnecessary when Travis Shaw and Jackie Bradley Jr. each hit A two-run homer off Ivan Nova (6-10). New York managed little offense after Alex Rodriguez's sacrifice fly in the first.

New York dropped five games behind Toronto in the AL East with six to play.

Eduardo Rodriguez (10-6) pitched six innings while supplanting John Curtis, who went 11-8 in 1972, as the most recent Boston rookie lefty to reach 10 wins.


WASHINGTON (AP) - On another eventful afternoon at Nationals Park, Washington right-hander Max Scherzer came within five outs of his second no-hitter of the season hours after closer Jonathan Papelbon was suspended for fighting with Bryce Harper a day earlier.

Scherzer (13-12) did not allow a hit until Tucker Barnhart singled to left field on a 1-2 count with one out in the eighth. That came on Scherzer's 105th pitch, and fans at the stadium rose to salute the right-hander with a standing ovation. To that point, the Reds only had three baserunners, on walks in the first, third and seventh innings.

Papelbon, meanwhile, is done for the season: He will miss four games because he was suspended by the Nationals for the episode in which he grabbed Harper's throat, and the other three games because he dropped his appeal of a Major League Baseball ban for throwing at an opponent's head last week.

Reds starter Brandon Finnegan (1-2) allowed three runs in five innings.