• Mets sink Reds’ division hopes
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     | September 26,2013
     
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    Cincinnati Reds’ Derrick Robinson (15) and Tony Cingrani watch from the dugout in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday. New York won 1-0.

    CINCINNATI — The Reds failed to come up with the run they needed to keep their hopes of a division championship alive. They still hope to play the NL wild card game at home.

    Daisuke Matsuzaka scattered four hits in 7 2-3 shutout innings to win his third consecutive start, outdueling Cincinnati’s Mat Latos in the New York Mets’ 1-0 victory over the Reds on Wednesday.

    The Reds came into the game in third place in the Central Division and second in the wild-card standings, one game behind Pittsburgh. The Pirates and Reds end the regular season with a three-game series starting Friday in Cincinnati. The Reds can only tie St. Louis but the Cardinals own the tiebreaker by winning the season series 11-8.

    Eric Young Jr. drove in the only run for the Mets, who won two of three in the series.

    “We have to find a way to get that big hit,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “This team (Reds) seems to take the hard road most of the time.

    “It is very important to have the home-field advantage but it’s not impossible no matter where you play.”

    Baker isn’t worried about the team’s “sense of urgency.”

    “No matter how urgent you feel, you can’t hit the ball where you want to,” he said. “If you could do that, you could feel the sense of urgency and get it done all the time. I think people use that term too much. Go into that clubhouse. You will see the guys are down but not out.”

    Matsuzaka (3-3) allowed two walks and hit a batter. He struck out six and evened his record after three losses and a no-decision in his first four starts after joining the Mets in August.



    Cards 4, Nats 1

    ST. LOUIS — Rookie Shelby Miller won his 15th game, and Yadier Molina had the go-ahead hit for the St. Louis Cardinals, who wrapped up a three-game sweep of the Washington Nationals and moved another step closer to the NL Central title with a 4-1 victory on Wednesday.

    Jordan Zimmermann (19-9) missed his only shot at 20 wins, allowing four runs in seven innings. The Nationals had five hits one day after breaking up rookie Michael Wacha’s bid for a no-hitter in the ninth inning.

    Matt Adams hit his eighth home run since replacing injured Allen Craig and doubled for the Cardinals, who led the Pirates by 2 games with three games to go. The Reds lost 1-0 to the Mets on Wednesday and were eliminated from the divisional race.

    he Cardinals (94-65) are a season-high 29 games above .500 and have a day off before 14-game winner Lance Lynn faces the Cubs on Friday night to open the final series.

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