Car­di­nals within 1 of wild-card spot

Baltimore Sun - - BASEBALL -

SAN FRAN­CISCO — Alex Reyes pitched seven dom­i­nant in­nings in his third ma­jor-league start, fel­low rookie Aled­mys Diaz hit a two-run homer and the Car­di­nals moved up in the tight NL wild-card race, blank­ing the Giants 3-0 on Sun­day.

The Giants dropped one game be­hind the Mets for the top wild-card spot. The Car­di­nals closed within one game of the Giants.

The Cards split this four-game se­ries, win­ning the fi­nal two. The Giants fin­ished a 2-5 home­s­tand and have won just one se­ries at AT&T Park since the All-Star break.

Reyes (3-1), con­sid­ered one of the ma­jors’ best pitch­ing prospects, hasn’t dis­ap­pointed since he was called up from the mi­nors Aug. 9 when Michael Wacha went on the dis­abled list with shoul­der dis­com­fort.

Reyes gave up four hits, strik­ing out six with two walks. The 22-year-old righty’s fast­ball was con­sis­tently in the mid­dle to up­per 90s.

Se­ung Hwan Oh pitched a score­less ninth for his 18th save.

Diaz hit his 16th homer, a two-run drive in the third off Al­bert Suarez (3-4). The All- Star’s 16th home run fol­lowed Matt Car­pen­ter’s two-out dou­ble

Suarez has al­lowed three runs or fewer in his first 11 ca­reer starts, but the rookie is win­less in 10 out­ings, in­clud­ing six starts, since June 23.

Plate um­pire Brian O’Nora left the game af­ter be­ing struck in the mask by a foul ball off Hunter Pence’s bat in the sec­ond in­ning. First base um­pire Laz Diaz called the rest of the game be­hind the plate.

The Car­di­nals are off to Colorado, while the Giants will open a se­ries against the Dodgers in Los An­ge­les.

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