ST. LOUIS — Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha lost his no-hit bid on Ryan Zimmerman’s infield single with two outs in the ninth inning, and St. Louis beat the Washington Nationals 2-0 Tuesday night to close in on the NL Central title.
Making his ninth career start, Wacha came about as close as possible to finishing off the third no-hitter in the majors this season. Instead, he became the third pitcher to have a bid broken up with one out to go.
Zimmerman hit a chopper just over Wacha’s glove – the pitcher said he thought it nicked his mitt – and the ball bounced slowly toward shortstop. A charging Pete Kozma grabbed it with his bare hand and whipped a throw to first that was a little wide, pulling Matt Adams off the bag just as Zimmerman arrived.
METS 4, REDS 2
In Cincinnati, Daniel Murphy hit a three-run homer off Mike Leake, whose long streak of scoreless innings got shattered early, and New York beat Cincinnati, a costly setback to the Reds’ hopes of a second consecutive NL Central title.
PIRATES 8, CUBS 2
In Chicago, Pedro Alvarez drove in three runs as Pittsburgh kept its hopes of winning the NL Central alive.
The Pirates trail the Cardinals by two games with four games remaining.
TIGERS 4, TWINS 2
In Minneapolis, Austin Jackson hit one of Detroit’s three homers and drove in two runs as the Tigers lowered their magic number to clinch the AL Central to one.
INDIANS 5, WHITE SOX 4
In Cleveland, pinch-hitter Jason Giambi belted a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Indians a stunning win over Chicago White, keeping Cleveland up with the lead pack in the AL wild-card race.
BLUE JAYS 3, ORIOLES 2 (10 INNINGS)
In Baltimore, Toronto eliminated Baltimore from the playoff hunt, using two clutch RBI singles by Mark DeRosa to beat the Orioles.
RAYS 7, YANKEES 0
In New York, Matt Moore had New York flailing for five wild innings, and Tampa Bay beat the Yankees to push them to the brink of missing out on the postseason for the second time in 19 years.
RANGERS 3, ASTROS 2
In Arlington, Texas, Adrian Beltre homered at home for the first time in more than a month and Texas stayed close in the wild-card race.