Cards beat Cubs 9-0 in Mad­don’s fi­nale

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Car­di­nals clinched the NL Cen­tral on the fi­nal day of the reg­u­lar sea­son, us­ing Jack Fla­herty’s arm and Matt Car­pen­ter’s bat Sun­day to win their first di­vi­sion ti­tle since 2015 with a 9-0 vic­tory over the Chicago Cubs.

The Cubs lost on Joe Mad­don’s last day as their man­ager. It was an­nounced be­fore the game that he won’t re­turn next year.

Fla­herty tossed seven im­pres­sive in­nings and Car­pen­ter led a three-homer at­tack with a three-run drive to help St. Louis ad­vanced to the NL Di­vi­sion Se­ries, start­ing Thurs­day at At­lanta.

The sec­ond-place Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers will play at Wash­ing­ton in the NL wild-card game Tues­day night, with the win­ner go­ing on to play Los An­ge­les in the NLDS.

Paul Gold­schmidt and Dex­ter Fowler also home­red for St. Louis (91-71).

Fla­herty (11-8) al­lowed two hits, struck out six and walked one.

Chicago starter Derek Hol­land (2-5) took the loss.

Rangers 6, Yan­kees 1

AR­LING­TON, Texas (AP) — Lance Lynn struck out 10, get­ting his ca­reer-high 16th win as Texas closed out the 26th and fi­nal sea­son at their ball­park with a win over the AL East cham­pion New York.

Af­ter Aaron Judge’s 27th homer in the third in­ning tied the game at 1-1, Lynn (16-11) re­tired his last 14 bat­ters while pitch­ing against his for­mer team.

New York, plays Min­nesota in the Di­vi­sion Se­ries start­ing Fri­day, went 103-59.

Masahiro Tanaka (11-9) al­lowed two runs and five hits in three in­nings.

Red Sox 5, Ori­oles 4

BOS­TON (AP) — Ed­uardo Ro­driguez missed out on a 20-win sea­son when Bos­ton’s bullpen blew a late lead, but the Red Sox beat Baltimore on Mookie Betts’ ninth-in­ning dash home.

Betts scored from first on a sin­gle by Rafael Dev­ers with no outs.

Ste­vie Wilk­er­son chased Jackie Bradley Jr.’s fly ball to the edge of the vis­i­tors’ bullpen, leaped over the short wall and pulled back Bradley’s would-be homer while nearly tum­bling into the seats.

Bran­don Work­man (10-1) pitched one in­ning and struck out three to pick up the vic­tory. Dil­lion Tate (0-2) got the loss for Baltimore (54-108), which was de­nied its first sweep of the sea­son.

Dodgers 9, Gi­ants 0

SAN FRAN­CISCO (AP) — Bruce Bochy bid an emo­tional farewell fol­low­ing 2 1/2 decades in what is cer­tainly Hall of Fame man­age­rial ca­reer, fin­ish­ing with a 9-0 de­feat to Los An­ge­les.

Los An­ge­les won its fran­chise-record 106th game, jump­ing to a 5-0 lead in the first that held up on Will Smith’s two-run homer right af­ter a bases-clear­ing, three-run dou­ble by Corey Sea­ger.

Lefty Rich Hill worked three score­less in­nings al­low­ing one hit in his 13th start of the sea­son for the Dodgers.

AFP-Yon­hap

St. Louis Car­di­nals’ team­mates cel­e­brate win­ning the Na­tional League Cen­tral Di­vi­sion af­ter beat­ing the Chicago Cubs at Busch Sta­dium on Sun­day in St Louis, Mo.

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