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Cardinals Add to Lead

Pittsburg Pirates fan Paula Cain of Sharon, Pa., sits in the rain prior to the Pirates' baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Bill Boyce)

Pittsburg Pirates fan Paula Cain of Sharon, Pa., sits in the rain prior to the Pirates' baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Bill Boyce)

St. Louis (ap) — Michael Wacha pitched seven shutout innings and drove in two runs as the St. Louis Cardinals routed the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-2 Sunday for a three-game sweep.

The Cardinals outscored Pittsburgh 26-10 overall in taking the NL Central lead.

The Pirates arrived at Busch Stadium this weekend with a 1½-game division lead and a chance to cement their first winning season since 1992. They left trailing the Cardinals by 1½ games and still stuck on 81 victories.

Wacha (3-0) allowed two hits and walked two, both of which were erased on double plays. He struck out two and never had more than one runner on at a time.

Phillies 3, Braves 2

Philadelphia — Darin Ruf hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth inning to back a strong outing by starting pitcher Cole Hamels and lift Philadelphia to a victory and three-game sweep of Atlanta.

Hamels (7-13) gave up just two hits, both homers, and two runs over eight innings. He struck out nine and walked two. He retired the side in order four times.

Giants 3, D-backs 2 (11)

San Francisco — Angel Pagan singled home the winning run in the 11th inning to lead San Francisco past Arizona.

Pagan singled sharply off Joe Thatcher (3-2) after Hector Sanchez singled and Gregor Blanco reached safely on a fielder’s choice. Pinch runner Ehire Adrianza beat the throw home.

Padres 5, Rockies 2

San Diego — Pinch-hitter Nick Hundley delivered a three-run double in the seventh inning that lifted San Diego to a win over Colorado. San Diego has won five of six games. The Rockies have dropped five of six.

Brewers 3, Cubs 1

Chicago — Yovani Gallardo tossed seven strong innings and Jeff Bianchi delivered a key pinch-hit single, leading Milwaukee over Chicago.

Nationals 6, Marlins 4

Miami — Stephen Strasburg got past a shaky start and pitched six innings to earn his first victory in nearly a month as Washington beat Miami.

Interleague

Mets 2, Indians 1

Cleveland — Eric Young’s two-out double in the ninth inning gave New York a victory over Cleveland, ending the Indians’ four-game winning streak and putting a temporary halt to their playoff push.

Juan Lagares started the ninth with a single off Chris Perez (5-3) and moved to second on a sacrifice. Omar Quintanilla struck out, but Young lined a 2-0 pitch down the right field line.

Frank Francisco (1-0), making his first appearance of the season, got Asdrubal Cabrera to ground into a double play with the bases loaded to end the eighth.

LaTroy Hawkins pitched the ninth for his eighth save. Jason Giambi led off the inning with a bloop single to left, his 2,000th career hit. With one out, pinch-runner Mike Aviles was thrown out attempting to steal second and ejected by umpire Gary Darling for arguing the call. Drew Stubbs struck out to end the game.