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Reds try to stay alive in wild-card race

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The Cincinnati Reds are clinging to the faintest of hopes for a postseason berth.

With absolutely zero margin for error, the Reds (81-75) will host a makeup game against the Pittsburgh Pirates (58-97) on Monday afternoon. The contest initially was postponed last Wednesday due to inclement weather.

Cincinnati, which has won 11 of 15 encounters with Pittsburgh this season, captured the final three contests of its recent four-game series against the Washington Nationals. The Reds reside six games behind the surging St. Louis Cardinals for the final wild-card spot in the National League with six games to play.

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A's visit M's with WC spot still in play

One week after watching the Seattle Mariners sabotage their chances of winning the American League West, the Oakland Athletics get a chance to return the favor when they visit the Mariners for a critical three-game series that begins Monday night.

Thanks in large part to a four-game sweep in Oakland at the beginning of last week, the Mariners (86-70) have overtaken the A's (85-71) in their duel for second place in the AL West and, more important, their pursuit of an AL wild-card spot.

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Harper has Phils in contention in East

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Bryce Harper waited for the "MVP!" chants to fade as he stepped to the microphone at the Phillies' home finale to thank fans for sticking by them in the pennant race.

The National League MVP contender who bows every game to fans in right field - he might even play catch with a lucky few - told the city the Phillies just might have more games to play in Philadelphia.

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Ohtani frustrated despite brilliant year

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Shohei Ohtani pitched seven innings of one-run ball in his final game at Angel Stadium this season, striking out 10 Mariners amid the serenades of "M-V-P!" that have been the soundtrack to his summer.

Yet he left the mound with the score tied because his Los Angeles Angels teammates couldn't score more than one run, denying Ohtani a chance for his 10th victory. When the Angels' bullpen took over, its first two relievers swiftly surrendered four runs to playoff-contending Seattle in a 5-1 loss.

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Cardinals extend team-record run to 16

CHICAGO (AP) Andrew Knizner slid across home plate, hopped up and pumped his right arm in jubilation.

Make it a very sweet 16 for the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Brewers sweep Mets to clinch NL Central

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers clinched their second NL Central title in four years, beating the sloppy New York Mets 8-4 Sunday behind Willy Adames's two-run homer and three RBIs.

Josh Hader pitched a perfect ninth inning, retiring Brandon Nimmo on a game-ending flyout to left fielder Christian Yelich and sending the Brewers running onto the field to celebrate as the crowd of 43,430 erupted into cheers.

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Urias gets 19th win, Dodgers win 100th

PHOENIX (AP) The dominant Dodgers rolled to win No. 100 of the season on Sunday afternoon with a mix that's served them well all season: terrific starting pitching, a few long homers and a shutdown bullpen.

It still might not be enough to catch the San Francisco Giants.

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Giants hold NL West lead after 4-run 9th

DENVER (AP) The San Francisco Giants moved closer to a division title with a clutch win. Now they hope their home run leader can be help them capture the crown.

Brandon Crawford homered to cap a four-run ninth inning and the Giants held their lead in the NL West, beating the Colorado Rockies 6-2 on Sunday but lost first baseman Brandon Belt to a hand injury.

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Jansen, Manoah help Jays get needed win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Danny Jansen hit a go-ahead, three-run homer, George Springer also went deep and the Blue Jays beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2 Sunday to maintain pressure in the AL wild-card race before heading to Toronto for their final homestand.

Toronto will enter the final week one game back for the second AL wild card. The New York Yankees and Boston were tied for the wild-card lead heading into their game on Sunday night.

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