Adam Wainwright posted his 19th win, pitching a shutout Wednesday night as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-0 to hold their 2 1/2-game edge in the NL Central. Wainwright (19-9) worked around seven hits and tied for the major league lead in wins and shutouts. St. Louis has won four of five and kept its advantage over second-place Pittsburgh. Milwaukee dropped 2 1/2 games behind the Pirates for the second NL wild-card spot.

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Charlie Morton had no expectations when he took the mound in a major league game for the first time in a month. The Cardinals lost 3-2 to the Brewers at home in 12 innings on Tuesday night.

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The Washington Nationals are back on top in the NL East following a disappointing 2013 that found them on the outside looking in during the postseason. Under rookie manager Matt Williams, the Nationals rebounded and separated themselves from the pack in a division that proved more competitive than most anticipated. Washington’s playoff ticket was punched Tuesday night as they knocked off their nearest competitor and the team that unseated them in 2013, the Atlanta Braves, 3-0 at Turner Field. The division championship is Washington’s second, both of which have come in the last three seasons. Washington won 98 games in 2012, but fell 3-2 to the St. Louis Cardinals in a disappointing NLCS showing. Now they have a chance to redeem themselves for two seasons of falling short on expectations. Before that journey begins though, here’s a look back at five key factors that have led to their success in 2014. All of the aces

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Carlos Gomez walked, stole second and third and scored the go-ahead run on a bloop hit by rookie Hector Gomez in the 12th inning as the Milwaukee Brewers ended the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals’ three-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory Tuesday night. Brandon Kintzler (3-3) got the last out in the 11th and Francisco Rodriguez closed for his 42nd save in 47 chances. The third-place Brewers have won five of six and are four games back of St. Louis, which has a 2 1/2-game lead on Pittsburgh with 11 to go. Gerardo Parra homered and rookie Matt Clark’s sacrifice fly tied it against Trevor Rosenthal in the ninth.

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Reuters sports schedule at 0001 GMT on Wednesday: – - – - BASEBALL Brewers carry playoff hopes into game versus Cardinals The Milwaukee Brewers, trying to claim one of the two National League wild card playoff berths, visit a St. Louis Cardinals team that leads the NL Central division in one of the 15 games on the Major League Baseball schedule. (BASEBALL-HIGHLIGHTS/ (PIX), expect by 0330 GMT/11:30 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 975 words) – - – - NORTH AMERICAN SPORTS Roundups of off-field developments in the major North American professional sports leagues. …

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It should come as no surprise that Mike Matheny is a leading proponent of player safety, from the big leagues all the way down to T-ball. Just like Giancarlo Stanton, the St. Louis Cardinals manager was struck in the face by a pitch and felt lucky to walk away minus only teeth and blood.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rookie Marco Gonzales struck out nine, Jhonny Peralta homered and the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals beat the Colorado Rockies 4-1 Sunday for their third straight win.

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(Adds later games) Sept 13 (The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Saturday’s Major League baseball games – - – Cubs 6, Pirates 4 Felix Doubront pitched six scoreless innings and rookies Javier Baez and Matt Szczur homered as the Chicago Cubs held on to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates to snap a season-worst seven-game losing streak. Doubront (2-1) allowed four hits in his third start since being acquired from the Boston Red Sox in a trade. He helped send the Pirates to just their second loss in their last nine games. Pittsburgh (78-70) remained 1 1/2 games in front of the Milwaukee Brewers for the second National League wild card but fell three games adrift of the St Louis Cardinals in the NL Central race.

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Matt Holliday powered the St. Louis Cardinals to another early lead, and they got another stingy start plus some offense from Shelby Miller, too. Miller pitched six solid innings and had an RBI double after Holliday set the tone when he homered in the first for the second straight night, leading St. Louis to a 5-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday. It was a huge home run for us.” Matt Carpenter added a two-run homer in the second for the Cardinals, who have won 12 in a row at home in the final month of the season dating to last Sept. 14. The Cardinals are 9-4 this month.

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Adam Wainwright snapped out of a midseason funk with a complete game in his previous start for St. Louis, and Colorado saw a pitcher who still had shutdown stuff. ”When I’m cruising, I’m ahead in the count, throwing all my pitches for strikes, trusting my defense and pounding the bottom of the zone,” Wainwright said after earning his 18th win in the Cardinals’ 5-1 victory on Friday night. ”So, doing those things, usually things work out right.” Matt Holliday hit a long three-run homer to left in the first inning for the Cardinals, who stopped a three-game losing streak. The distance of Holliday’s 17th homer was estimated at 467 feet.

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