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Cardinals clinch home field in NL postseason
St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina tips his cap as he leaves the field after being introduced as the starting catcher but being replaced by Tony Cruz before the first pitch was thrown in a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in St. Louis. The game is the final regular season game for the Cardinals, who are set to play Game 1 of the NLDS on Thursday in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
September 29, 2013, 5:12 pm

ST. LOUIS (AP) Matt Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals clinched home-field advantage throughout the National League playoffs when they beat the Chicago Cubs 4-0 Sunday for their sixth straight win.

With the top seed, the NL Central champions will host the wild-card winner in Game 1 of a NL division series on Thursday.

Joe Kelly (10-5) pitched 5 1-3 innings of three-hit ball in relief of Jake Westbrook as the Cardinals matched a season high winning streak to finish 97-65, their most since reaching 100 in 2005. St. Louis also won six straight from April 30-May 5.

Jon Jay, Daniel Descalso, Shane Robinson and Tony Cruz drove in runs for St. Louis.

The Cubs finish last in the Central at 66-96.

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