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>>Cards Climb Into NL Wild Card Tie; Club 'Stros

(Houston, TX)  --  Allen Craig clubbed a three-run homer in the eighth inning to lead the Cardinals in a 13-6 win over the Astros.  Craig's RBI double sparked a four-run seventh inning, while Nick Punto finished 4-for-5 with a homer and two RBI for St. Louis, which pulled into a tie with the Atlanta Braves atop the NL Wild Card standings.  The Braves lost to the Phillies on Tuesday night.  St. Louis rallied from a 5-0 deficit with five runs in the fourth frame.  Eduardo Sanchez was credited with the win.  Cards outfielder Matt Holliday left the game in the third inning with a hand injury.  The teams play the regular season finale tonight with Chris Carpenter opposing Brett Myers.

>>Cubs Drop Padres

(San Diego, CA)  --  Alfonso Soriano clubbed a three-run homer and Aramis Ramirez added a solo shot as the Cubs topped the Padres, 6-2, on Tuesday night at Petco Park.  Blake DeWitt added a two-run single for Chicago, which snapped a three-game slide.  Matt Garza improved to 10-and-10 on the season, pitching seven innings and surrendering two runs while fanning eight.  Chad Qualls gave up three runs in just one inning to absorb the loss.  Kyle Blanks smacked a two-run double to account for all the runs for San Diego, which has lost three-of-five.  The Northsiders play their season finale this evening in San Diego.  Ryan Dempster gets the nod against Wade LeBlanc.

>>Sox Edge Jays Under Cooper

(Chicago, IL)  --  Tyler Flowers clubbed a solo home run to back seven scoreless innings from Mark Buehrle as the White Sox edged the Blue Jays, 2-1, on Tuesday evening at The Cell in interim manager Don Cooper's debut.  Cooper, who was the team's pitching coach, is serving as the interim manager for the Southsiders' final two games of the season after Ozzie Guillen left for the Florida Marlins on Monday.  Buehrle struck out six and gave up just six hits to improve to 13-and-9 on the season.  Chris Sale registered the final five outs to nail down his eighth save.  A.J. Pierzynski knocked in Chicago's other run on an RBI single in the sixth inning.  Mike McCoy's solo home run in the eighth frame accounted for Toronto's lone run of the game.  Philip Humber will be on the bump this afternoon opposite Brandon Morrow in both team's season finale.

>>TUESDAY'S SCOREBOARD

MLB NL
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Cincinnati Reds 5, New York Mets 4 (13 inn)
Florida Marlins 3, Washington Nationals 2
Philadelphia Phillies 7, Atlanta Braves 1
Milwaukee Brewers 6, Pittsburgh Pirates 4
Arizona Diamondbacks 7, Los Angeles Dodgers 6 (10 inn)
San Francisco Giants 7, Colorado Rockies 0

MLB AL
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Boston Red Sox 8, Baltimore Orioles 7
Detroit Tigers 9, Cleveland Indians 6
Tampa Bay Rays 5, New York Yankees 3
Minnesota Twins 7, Kansas City Royals 4
Texas Rangers 10, LA Angels of Anaheim 3
Oakland Athletics 7, Seattle Mariners 0

>>MLB Announces Potential Wild Card Tiebreaker Games

(New York, NY)  --  Major League Baseball has announced first pitch times for potential wild card tiebreaker games.  If a game between Tampa Bay and Boston is needed, first pitch at Tropicana Field is scheduled for 4:07 p.m. Eastern on Thursday.  The Rays and Red Sox are all even in the American League Wild Card standings entering today's regular season finales.  First pitch is set for 8:07 p.m. Eastern on Thursday at Busch Stadium if an extra game is needed between Atlanta and St. Louis.  The Braves and Cardinals are also locked in a tie in the National League Wild Card race going into the season's final day.

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