PITTSBURGH (AP) — Vance Worley pitched eight sparkling innings, Russell Martin hit a late RBI single and the Pittsburgh Pirates trapped a runner in the ninth to edge Milwaukee 1-0 Sunday, extending their wild-card lead over the Brewers.
The Pirates tied San Francisco atop the NL wild-race race, 4 1/2 games ahead of Milwaukee. Andrew McCutchen singled and scored in the seventh, helping Pittsburgh take two of three from the Brewers.
Carlos Gomez led off the Milwaukee ninth with a single and Rickie Weeks followed with an infield hit, but the speedy Gomez got caught in a rundown and was tagged between second and third.
McCutchen led off the seventh with a single against Wily Peralta (16-11).
Worley (8-4) scattered four hits, walking none and striking out five. Tony Watson worked the ninth for his first save.
ROYALS 5, TIGERS 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Nori Aoki hit a two-run triple, helping Jeremy Guthrie and the Royals increase their lead in the AL wild-card race.
The Royals avoided a three-game sweep and moved within 1 1/2 games of the AL Central-leading Tigers. Kansas City also opened a 1 1/2-game edge over Seattle for the second wild-card spot.
Aoki's tiebreaking triple in the fourth scored Omar Infante and Mike Moustakas, making it 4-2 and chasing Rick Porcello from the game.
Porcello (15-12) is 0-4 in his past five starts.
Guthrie (12-11) gave up one earned run in 5 1-3 innings. Greg Holland threw a perfect ninth for his 43rd save.
REDS 7, CARDINALS 2
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Cardinals clinched a playoff spot, and then lost to the Reds.
St. Louis secured its fourth consecutive postseason appearance when Milwaukee lost to Pittsburgh earlier in the day. But the Cardinals' lead in the NL Central was sliced to 2 1/2 games over the Pirates.
Bruce hit two of Cincinnati's four homers as the Reds snapped a six-game losing streak. Todd Frazier and Devin Mesoraco also went deep.
Reds right-hander Alfredo Simon (15-10) allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings.
Lance Lynn (15-10) gave up three runs and four hits in six innings for St. Louis.
ASTROS 8, MARINERS 3
HOUSTON (AP) — Seattle's playoff hopes took another hit, with Jake Marisnick hitting a three-run homer for the second straight game to lead Houston to the victory.
Houston took two of three from the Mariners, dropping them 1 1/2 games behind Kansas City for the second AL wild card.
Rookie Collin McHugh (11-9) became the first Astros pitcher to win seven straight decisions since Roy Oswalt's nine-game string in 2006-07.
Hisashi Iwakuma (14-9) was trying to bounce back from his last two starts, when he was 0-2 with a 12.91 ERA. Instead, he allowed six hits and four runs in 4 1-3 innings.
INDIANS 7, TWINS 2
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Corey Kluber matched a career best by striking 14 for the second straight start and Cleveland didn't lose any ground in the playoff chase with a win over Minnesota.
The Indians have won five of six.
Cleveland is 3 1/2 games behind Kansas City for the second AL wild card, and hosts the Royals for three-plus games beginning Monday. In addition to Monday's regularly scheduled meeting, the teams will complete the Aug. 31 game in Kansas City that was suspended in the middle of the 10th inning due to rain with Cleveland up 4-2.
Kluber (17-9) won his fourth straight start. Anthony Swarzak (3-2) took the loss.
DODGERS 8, CUBS 5
CHICAGO (AP) — Matt Kemp homered and drove in four runs, Yasiel Puig scored a career-high four times and the NL West-leading Dodgers beat the Cubs.
Kemp had four hits for the Dodgers, who clinched a playoff berth on Friday and lead San Francisco by 4 1/2 games. The Giants start a three-game series at Dodger Stadium on Monday.
Jamey Wright made his first start since Sept. 1, 2013, going two innings as the Dodgers used their bullpen to pitch the whole game. Chris Perez (1-3) got the win and Kenley Jansen earned his 43rd save.
Jacob Turner (5-11) took the loss.
PADRES 8, GIANTS 2
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Reeling San Francisco managed just six hits off Ian Kennedy and three relievers, losing to San Diego and falling 4 1/2 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West.
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