ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Rookie Shelby Miller won his 15th game, and Yadier Molina had
the go-ahead hit for the St. Louis Cardinals, who wrapped up a three-game sweep
of the Washington Nationals and moved another step closer to the NL Central
title with a 4-1 victory on Wednesday.
Jordan Zimmermann missed his shot at 20 wins, allowing four runs in seven
innings. The Nationals had five hits one day after breaking up rookie Michael
Wacha's bid for a no-hitter in the ninth inning.
Matt Adams hit his eighth home run since replacing injured Allen Craig and
doubled for the Cardinals, who lead the Pirates by three games with three games to
go. That puts the Cardinals' magic number to clinch the division at one, meaning
one more win by St. Louis or loss by Pittsburgh and the Cardinals win the division.
St. Louis is also a half game ahead of Atlanta for the best record in the National
League and the number one seed. The Reds lost 1-0 to the Mets on Wednesday and were
eliminated from the divisional race.
The Cardinals have the night off before beginning a series at home against Chicago
tomorrow night to wrap up the regular season.
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