MLB: St Louis Cardinals close on play-off spot; Tampa Bay Rays stay ahead in AL wildcard race
Last Updated: September 22, 2013 8:53am
St Louis Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter multitasks during win against Milwaukee Brewers
St Louis Cardinals moved towards the brink of securing a play-off spot after their 7-2 win over Milwaukee Brewers.
Five runs in the eighth innings saw the Cardinals all but claim their third straight post-season berth with Washington National's game against Miami Marlins postponed due to bad weather.
If the Nats lose the rescheduled game, or if St Louis win their next, the Cardinals will reach the play-offs.
Pittsburgh Pirates pulled a game ahead of the Reds for the wildcard lead and remained two behind the first-place Cardinals after they beat Cincinnati 4-2.
Tampa Bay Rays followed up their 18-inning marathon with a 5-1 win over Baltimore Orioles to stay a half-game ahead of Cleveland Indians for the first American League wildcard berth.
Cleveland beat Houston Astros 4-1 to hang on to the American League's second wildcard spot thanks in great part to Michael Brantley, who hit a two-run homer in a three-run first innings.
Elsewhere, New York Yankees stayed alive in the American League wildcard chase as Ivan Nova fired a six-hit shutout while Eduardo Nunez and Alfonso Soriano hit home runs as they beat San Francisco Giants 6-0.
Chicago Cubs beat Atlanta Braves 3-1 and Oakland Athletics thrashed Minnesota Twins 9-1 to cut their magic number to clinch their second straight AL West title to one.
New York Mets won a rain-shortened game against Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 while Texas kept pace with Tampa Bay and Cleveland in the AL wildcard race with a 3-1 win over Kansas City Royals.
Chicago White Sox edged out Detroit Tigers 7-6 in the 12th inning and Toronto Blue Jays earned a 4-2 win over Boston Red Sox, with Mark Buehrle surpassing the 200-inning plateau for the 13th consecutive season.
Arizona Diamondbacks downed Colorado Rockies 7-2, while Los Angeles Dodgers won 4-0 at San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Angels beat Seattle Mariners 6-5 at Angel Stadium.