Cardinals win 4-3 and eliminate Nationals - NBC Sports

Cardinals win 4-3 and eliminate Nationals
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Tanner Roark throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
September 23, 2013, 11:33 pm

ST. LOUIS (AP) Carlos Beltran homered, Adam Wainwright earned his 18th win and the St. Louis Cardinals beat Washington 4-3 on Monday night, eliminating the Nationals from playoff contention.

Looking for their first NL Central title since 2009, the Cardinals maintained a two-game lead over Cincinnati and Pittsburgh and reduced their magic number to four.

All three teams are headed to the postseason. The Reds and Pirates both won Monday night, clinching at least a wild-card berth when Washington lost.

St. Louis secured no worse than a wild card on Sunday.

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