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PITTSBURGH (AP) Ike Davis hit a two-run homer off a speaker above the seats in right-center field, Jeff Locke outpitched Adam Wainwright and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 Wednesday to close in the NL wild-card race.

Pittsburgh took two of three from the defending NL champions and has won five of seven overall. St. Louis (71-61) leads the NL wild-card race, with San Francisco (69-62) trailing by 1 1/2 games and the Pirates (69-64) one game back of the Giants for the second wild-card berth.

Davis hit his 10th homer in the second after Wainwright hit Russell Martin on the left elbow with a pitch that Martin barely tried to avoid. Davis sent an 88 mph pitch clanking off a speaker raised on a pole, about 15 feet above the seats, a drive estimated at about 433 feet. A night earlier, Davis had a pinch-hit, tiebreaking, three-run homer in the eighth inning of Pittsbugh's 5-2 win.

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Bumgarner 1-hits Rockies, strikes out 13

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner wanted to waste a two-strike curveball in front of Rockies cleanup hitter Justin Morneau.

He left the ball up just enough for Morneau to get a piece of it - the only mistake on an otherwise memorable night for the San Francisco left-hander.

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Pirates top Cardinals but lose McCutchen

PITTSBURGH (AP) Ike Davis didn't complain when the Pittsburgh Pirates told him they were going to eat into his playing time by experimenting with Pedro Alvarez at first base. Call it the byproduct of spending four-plus seasons with the New York Mets.

"You kind of get immune to stuff after a while," Davis said. "Kind of my career has been starting, not starting, so I'm used to it."

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Porcello wins 15th, Yanks' run ends at 5

DETROIT (AP) Rick Porcello was sharp, Joe Nathan was composed - and the Detroit Tigers gave their home fans reason to cheer again.

What they didn't do was gain ground in the AL Central race.

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Gordon's 2-run walkoff HR lifts Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals were trailing the Twins by a run in the ninth inning Tuesday night, and Kansas City manager Ned Yost was on the top step of the dugout, conferring with catching coach Pedro Grifol about the potential decisions he would have to make.

That's when Yost heard a voice pipe up.

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Trout, Shoemaker lead Angels by Marlins

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) While everybody else in the Los Angeles Angels' rotation has dealt with serious injuries and wild inconsistency this summer, Matt Shoemaker has been unshakable for two months.

His teammates provided the rookie with far more support than he required in his latest milestone win.

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Offerman appeals judgment in bat attack

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Former major league baseball player Jose Offerman is appealing a federal court order that he pay $940,000 to a catcher injured during a minor league brawl in 2007.

A jury last month awarded the money to former Bridgeport Bluefish catcher Johnathan Nathans, who says he suffered career-ending injuries when Offerman hit him in the head with a bat. Photos show a bat-wielding Offerman charging the mound after being hit by a pitch. But he denies swinging it at anybody.

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2 overturned calls help Dodgers win

PHOENIX (AP) Baseball's replay review system worked well for the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday night in their 9-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Dodgers plated six runs in the fourth inning thanks in large part to two overturned out calls and cruised to their 11th win in 15 games against Arizona this season.

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Gonzalez's woes continue as Nats lose

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Gio Gonzalez's winless slide continued.

Freddy Galvis and Darin Ruf homered and Carlos Ruiz drove in go-ahead run with an eighth-inning sacrifice fly to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.

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Schoop, Joseph lift O's by fading Rays

BALTIMORE (AP) During a season in which the Baltimore Orioles have made a habit of slugging the opposition into submission, there have been times when they have been forced to patiently carve out a victory one out at a time.

Such was the case in their 4-2 win over Tampa Bay on Tuesday night.

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