Davis keeps Pirates in the hunt

Pinch-hitter launches three-run homer in the eighth innings to keep Pittsburgh's MLB playoff hopes alive.

    Davis' late assault helped Pirates seal the win [AP]
    Davis' late assault helped Pirates seal the win [AP]

    Pittsburgh pinch-hitter Ike Davis launched a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the eighth inning that lifted the Pirates to a vital 5-2 win over St Louis and boosted their fragile playoff hopes.

    The win kept the Pirates within 1-1/2 games of the last wild-card berth and moved them within five games of the National League Central lead.

    Elsewhere, Carlos Ruiz drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 4-3.

    Second baseman Freddy Galvis and first baseman Darin Ruf homered for Philadelphia.

    Juan Lagares hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the fourth inning as the New York Mets edged the Atlanta Braves 4-3.

    Other results:

    Giants 3, Rockies 0

    Cubs 3, Reds 0

    Orioles 4, Rays 2

    Tigers 5, Yankees 2

    Royals 2, Twins 1

    Astros 4, Athletics 2

    Red Sox 11, Blue Jays 7 (11)

    Mariners 5, Rangers 0

    Dodgers 9, Diamondbacks 5

    Indians 8, White Sox 6 (10)

    Padres 4, Brewers 1

    Angels 8, Marlins 2

    SOURCE: Agencies


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