Last Update on September 19, 2014 10:34 GMT
UNDATED (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals needed extra innings to maintain their 2 1/2-game lead over Pittsburgh in the National League Central.
Tony Cruz slapped an RBI single in the bottom of the 13th to give the Redbirds a 3-2 triumph over Milwaukee. The Brewers led 2-0 in the eighth until Jon Jay hit an RBI single and Jonathan Broxton walked Matt Adams with the bases loaded.
Former Cardinal Kyle Lohse (lohsh) carried a three-hit shutout into the eighth before faltering.
The Brewers' second straight loss leaves then 3 1/2 games behind the Pirates for the second NL wild-card berth.
In Pittsburgh, Gerrit Cole allowed two runs and six hits in seven-plus innings as the Pirates completed a three-game sweep of Boston 3-2. Chris Stewart singled home the go-ahead run in the fourth, one inning before Starling Marte's solo homer put the Bucs ahead 3-1.
The Red Sox had runners on first and third with nobody out in the ninth when Will Middlebrooks hit a ball that struck Jemile Weeks down the third-base line, forcing the Boston runner out and allowing Mark Melancon (meh-LAHN'-suhn) to work out of the jam.
The Pirates' fourth straight win reduces their magic number to seven for clinching a playoff berth.
Elsewhere in the majors:
-- Andre Ethier (EE'-thee-ur) and Dee Gordon supplied RBI doubles while the Los Angeles Dodgers put together a five-run seventh to erase a 4-1 deficit and beat the Cubs 8-4 in Chicago. Yasiel Puig (YAH'-see-ul pweeg) had three hits and singled home the go-ahead run as the Dodgers stretched their lead in the NL West to 2 1/2 games over San Francisco.
-- Jake Smolinski began his four-hit afternoon by lining an RBI single that sparked the Rangers' four-run first in a 7-2 triumph over the Athletics in Oakland. Tomas Telis (toh-MAHS' the-LEES') had two RBIs for the Rangers, who dropped the A's a half-game behind Kansas City for the first AL wild-card berth.
-- Seattle is within one game of Oakland for the final AL wild-card berth after Logan Morrison belted a three-run homer to snap a scoreless tie in the ninth inning of the Mariners' 3-1 victory over the Angels in Anaheim. Mariners ace Felix Hernandez wasn't able to get the victory after holding the Angels to three hits while striking out 11 in seven shutout innings.
-- Derek Jeter began his final homestand with a homer before the New York Yankees completed a 3-2 win over Toronto. Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind let a grounder zip through his legs for an error, allowing the winning run to score in the bottom of the ninth.
-- Washington's starting rotation gave up runs for the first time in five games, but Gio Gonzalez limited the damage to two runs and six hits in seven innings as the Nationals topped Miami 6-2. The Nats trailed 1-0 until Wilson Ramos (RAH'-mohs) hit an RBI double to spark a five-run fourth.
-- Will Venable hit a three-run homer and Alexi Amarista added a solo shot and two RBIs in San Diego's 7-3 victory against Philadelphia. Robbie Erlin held the Phillies to a run and five hits in six innings.
-- Colorado beat Arizona 7-6 on Wilin Rosario's two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth. Rosario went 4-for-5 with three RBIs in the Rockies' third straight win.
IRVING, Texas (AP) -- Ron Washington has admitted being untrue to his wife of 42-years in his first public statement since resigning as Texas Rangers manager 13 days ago. He apologized to his wife, Gerry, who sat nearby while Washington made a 3 1/2 minute statement. The 62-year old Washington says he is embarrassed for breaking the trust of his wife, calling it a low time in his life.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Devin Hester made NFL history while the Atlanta Falcons were producing one of the most lopsided wins in team history.
Hester returned a punt 62 yards for a touchdown midway through the second quarter to give the Falcons a 35-0 lead in a 56-14 blowout over Tampa Bay. It was his 20th return for a TD, breaking the previous league mark of 19 set by Deion Sanders.
Hester also scored on a 20-yard run in the second quarter.
Matt Ryan was 21-of-24 for 286 yards and three touchdowns for the 2-1 Falcons. Julio Jones hauled in nine passes for 161 yards and a couple of scores.
The 0-3 Buccaneers were in line for the worst loss in team history until they scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
NFL-CARDINALS PLAYER ARRESTED
PHOENIX (AP) -- Police say Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer head-butted his wife and broke her nose after she refused his sexual advances, and punched her in the face the next day.
The details surfaced in a law enforcement report a day after Dwyer was arrested on aggravated assault charges and deactivated from all team activities. He spent a night in jail and made a brief court appearance before being released on bail early Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) -- PepsiCo Inc.'s CEO Indra Nooyi has made a double-edged statement on the NFL's problems handling domestic violence, calling some players' behavior "repugnant" but saying that Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') is "a man of integrity."
Pepsico is one of the league's biggest advertisers and sponsor of last year's Super Bowl halftime show.
The league and its teams have come under fire over the past two weeks over how it is dealing with several players with domestic violence allegations against them. An investigation has been launched into whether Goodell knew about or saw a video of Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee earlier than the commissioner said.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -- Jets quarterback Michael Vick is defending NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') who has come under fire for a spate of domestic violence incidents involving players and how Goodell has handled them. Vick says the commissioner is doing a great job.
Goodell has remained mostly silent during the last two weeks as the NFL has dealt with perhaps its most brutal stretch ever, starting last week when video surfaced that showed former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City, New Jersey, elevator.
Vick dealt directly with Goodell when he was suspended in 2007 and reinstated after serving nearly two years in prison for his role in a dog fighting ring.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall believes attempts to link his troubled past to the controversy about NFL domestic violence have been made only for personal gain. Marshall spent 40 minutes Thursday responding to allegations made a day earlier by the father of a woman who once dated Marshall. Clarence Watley called for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to resign because he's disappointed in the way his daughter's abuse allegations were handled.
UNDATED (AP) -- Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles practiced Thursday in a limited capacity despite a high ankle sprain sustained last Sunday against Denver. Charles did not work out yesterday amid fear that one of the game's dynamic playmakers could miss several weeks. Chiefs coach Andy Reid has not said whether there's a chance Charles will be available for Sunday's game in Miami.
In other injury news:
-- Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks has missed a second straight day of practice after suffering a calf injury in last Monday's win over Indianapolis. That leaves the status of the team's top defensive player up in the air for Sunday's game against Washington.
-- Denver linebacker Danny Trevathan (treh-VAY'-than) is practicing for the first time since breaking his left leg Aug. 12. The team's leading tackler last year is expected to miss one more game and then return Oct. 5 against Arizona following the team's bye week.
-- New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker sat out practice and cornerback Dee Milliner was limited, leaving their status uncertain for the team's game against the Chicago Bears on Monday night. Decker is dealing with tightness in his right hamstring while Millner is recovering from a high ankle sprain.
T25 FOOTBALL-AUBURN/KANSAS STATE
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas State was able to keep fifth-ranked Auburn's offense in check Thursday night, but the 20th-rated Wildcats also made too many mistakes in a 20-14 home loss to the Tigers.
Nick Marshall threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns to help Auburn improve to 3-0 despite being held to only 130 yards, 200 below its season average.
Wildcats quarterback Jake Waters had 245 passing yards but also tossed two interceptions while the Tigers forced three turnovers. K-State kicker Jack Cantele missed three field-goal attempts as the Wildcats fell to 2-1.
Auburn was the highest-ranked team to play in Manhattan since second-ranked Penn State in 1969.
Scots reject independence in historic vote
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- Scottish voters have rejected independence, deciding to remain part of the United Kingdom after a historic referendum that shook the country to its core.
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DARRELL HAMMOND TO TAKE OVER SNL ANNOUNCER'S ROLE FOR LATE DON PARDO
NEW YORK (AP) -- It's a new gig -- and an old one -- for Darrell Hammond.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A new poll indicates that lots of folks in Washington, D.C.
IN THE NEWS: HOME DEPOT BREACH WAS EXTENSIVE
NEW YORK (AP) -- The nation's largest home improvement retailer now is confirming it is the victim of one of the largest data thefts in U.S.
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