Bucs, Cards Stay Tied

Seattle Mariners center fielder Abraham Almonte watches as a two-run home run by St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Adams lands over the outfield wall during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Seattle Mariners center fielder Abraham Almonte watches as a two-run home run by St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Adams lands over the outfield wall during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Pittsburgh — Francisco Liriano took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning before faltering in his first no-decision this season, and pinch-hitter Justin Morneau singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth Sunday to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Chicago Cubs 3-2.

Pittsburgh remained tied with St. Louis for the NL Central lead after taking three of four from the last-place Cubs and winning for the sixth time in seven games.

Morneau, acquired from Minnesota on Aug. 31, drove in his first run for the Pirates. The 2006 AL MVP is batting .279 (12 for 43) with Pittsburgh.

Cardinals 12, Mariners 2

St. Louis — Yadier Molina broke out of a slump with a home run and three singles as Shelby Miller and St. Louis remained tied for first place in the NL Central by beating Seattle in an interleague matchup.

Matt Adams also homered as St. Louis won for the seventh time in nine games and kept pace with Pittsburgh. Both teams are 87-62 with 13 games remaining.

Miller (14-9) gave up one earned run and three hits in five innings. He became the first St. Louis rookie to reach 14 wins in a season since Dick Hughes won 16 in 1967.

Brewers 6, Reds 5

Milwaukee — Sean Halton hit a solo homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Milwaukee to the comeback victory over Cincinnati.

Halton’s home run came off reliever Zach Duke (1-2), the fifth Cincinnati pitcher. It was Halton’s third homer of the season and first career walk-off.

Nationals 11, Phillies 2

Washington — Wilson Ramos had four hits and five RBIs, Jordan Zimmermann pitched seven innings for his NL-best 18th win and Washington kept up its late playoff push by routing Philadelphia.

Denard Span extended his hitting streak to 26 games, Bryce Harper hit a pair of doubles and a single and scored three times, and every player in the Nationals’ starting lineup had at least one hit.

Washington, which began the day 5½ games behind Cincinnati for the NL’s second wild-card berth, has won eight of nine and 25 of 35.

Giants 4, Dodgers 2

Los Angeles — Hunter Pence hit two more home runs, pinch-hitter Brett Pill connected for a tiebreaking shot leading off the eighth inning, and San Francisco beat Los Angeles.

Pinch-hitter Yasiel Puig grounded out with the bases loaded to end the game. The NL West-leading Dodgers lost three of four to San Francisco, and the magic number to clinch their first division title since 2009 remained at four after second-place Arizona won.

D-backs 8, Rockies 2

Phoenix — Paul Goldschmidt homered and went 4 for 4, driving in career high-tying five runs to lead Arizona past Colorado.

Colorado star Todd Helton did not play, a day after announcing he would retire at the end of this season. The crowd at Chase Field cheered him early in the game and he waved his cap in appreciation.

Padres 4, Braves 0

Atlanta — Burch Smith struck out 10 in seven innings to earn his first major league victory, Chase Headley and Tommy Medica homered, and San Diego beat Atlanta.

The Braves lead the NL East by 10 games over Washington. Atlanta opens a three-game series at Nationals Park tonight, and can clinch the division by winning twice there.

Mets 1, Marlins 0 (12)

New York — Slumping rookie Travis d’Arnaud hit a winning single with two outs in the 12th inning, lifting New York over Florida.

Dillon Gee and Tom Koehler took a pitchers’ duel into the eighth inning before the Marlins and Mets each used five relievers to finish off the fifth extra-inning matchup this season between the NL East’s worst teams.

American League

Rays 6, Twins 4

Minneapolis — Joel Peralta gave up a solo homer to Ryan Doumit in the eighth inning and a three-run drive to Josmil Pinto, and Tampa Bay stumbled again in the AL wild-card race in a loss to Minnesota.

Tampa Bay, which had won its previous three games, wasted a 3-0 lead and dropped to 7-14 from Aug. 25 on. The Rays began the day tied with Texas for the two AL wild-card spots, 1½ games ahead of Cleveland.

Minnesota had lost 11 in a row to the Rays.

Tigers 3, Royals 2

Detroit — Alex Avila homered twice, including a tiebreaking solo shot in the eighth inning that lifted Detroit over Kansas City.

Detroit’s Max Scherzer struck out 12 in seven innings, but he was denied his 20th victory when Kansas City tied it off Drew Smyly (6-0) in the eighth. Avila answered in the bottom half with a homer to right-center.

Joaquin Benoit pitched the ninth for his 20th save in 20 chances for the AL Central-leading Tigers.

Athletics 5, Rangers 1

Arlington, Texas — Josh Donaldson, Chris Young and Josh Reddick all homered and AL West-leading Oakland completed a three-game sweep of chasing and slumping Texas.

Oakland took a commanding 6½-game division lead with two weeks left after the final regular-season series between the AL West’s top two teams. The A’s have won five in a row and 13 of 16 overall.

Angels 2, Astros 1

Houston — Jerome Williams won a third straight start for the first time since April 2004, and Los Angeles sent Houston to its 98th loss of the season.

Houston, a big league-worst 51-98, is on the verge of becoming the first major league team to reach triple figures in losses in three consecutive seasons since Kansas City from 2004-06. The Astros were 56-106 in 2011 and dropped to 55-107 last year, their final season in the National League.

Orioles 3, Blue Jays 1

Toronto — Miguel Gonzalez pitched 51∕3 innings before leaving with a strained right groin, Danny Valencia hit a two-run double and Baltimore beat Toronto.

The Orioles, who came in 3½ games behind Tampa Bay and Texas in the AL wild-card race, won their first road series since taking two of three at San Francisco on Aug. 9-11.

Baltimore slugger Chris Davis, who hit his 50th home run of the season Friday, went 0 for 3 and struck out twice. He also drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk.