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September 29, 2013, 1:10 am

CINCINNATI (AP) The postseason will start at PNC Park.

Neil Walker hit two of Pittsburgh's six homers - its biggest power surge in six years - and the Pirates clinched home-field advantage for the NL's wild card playoff game by beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-3 Saturday.

Pittsburgh will host the Reds on Tuesday night in the Pirates' first playoff appearance in 21 years. They went 50-31 at PNC Park, the third-best home record in the NL.)

Pittsburgh hit five homers off Bronson Arroyo (14-12), who had never given up that many in a game in his career. Walker homered twice off the right-hander, Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez also hit solo homers, and Marlon Byrd had a two-run shot that ended Arroyo's outing in the fifth and made it 6-3.

Prospect Andrew Lambo hit his first homer off Logan Ondrusek, the first time the Pirates had six in a game since Aug. 22, 2007 at Colorado.

Pirates starter Charlie Morton also struggled, leaving with one out and the bases loaded in the fifth. Vin Mazzaro (8-2) fanned Zack Cozart and retired Ryan Hanigan on a fly ball as the slumping Reds left the bases loaded for the second time in the game.

CARDINALS 6, CUBS 2

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Adam Wainwright earned his 19th victory in a tuneup for the NL division series opener and St. Louis showed no letup after clinching the NL Central, beating Chicago for its fifth straight win.

Matt Holliday homered for the second day in a row and Yadier Molina drove in two runs for St. Louis (96-65).

Wainwright (19-9) allowed two hits in shutout 5 1-3 innings and tied for the league lead in victories with Washington's Jordan Zimmermann, who lost his last scheduled start Wednesday in St. Louis.

Seth Maness earned his first career save by getting Darwin Barney on a double-play ball.

Edwin Jackson (8-18) allowed six runs and eight hits in 2 2-3 innings before leaving with mild side discomfort. He leads the majors in losses.

PHILLIES 5, BRAVES 4

ATLANTA (AP) - Chris Johnson made a headfirst dive into first base but was thrown out to end the game, then argued in the dugout with Atlanta coach Terry Pendleton after the Braves lost to Philadelphia.

Down 5-1, the Braves rallied in the ninth on Justin Upton's three-run homer, his 27th, with two outs. Freddie Freeman singled and Evan Gattis walked to keep the rally going against Jonathan Papelbon.

Johnson hit a grounder to the hole and Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins made a diving stop, got up and made a one-hop throw to first baseman Darin Ruf for the final out.

When Johnson got to the dugout, Pendleton grabbed him and there were angry words before they pulled apart.

Mike Minor (13-9) took the loss after allowing two earned runs in six innings.

Philadelphia rookie Ethan Martin started and allowed a first-inning run in three innings. Fellow rookie Luis Garcia (1-1) pitched two innings of scoreless relief to pick up the win.

BREWERS 4, METS 2, 10 INNINGS

NEW YORK (AP) - Carlos Gomez homered and had four hits, including a tiebreaking single in the 10th inning that sent Milwaukee over New York.

Yuniesky Betancourt drove in two runs to help the Brewers (74-87) win their fourth straight as they put together a strong finish to a disappointing season.

Pinch-hitter Caleb Gindl drew a four-pitch walk from Scott Atchison (3-3) to start the 10th and went to third on Jonathan Lucroy's broken-bat single. Gomez followed with a flare to right-center to put Milwaukee ahead. Betancourt added an RBI single that made it 4-2.

Donovan Hand (1-5) initially tried for a six-out save and instead wound up with his first major league win. With the Brewers resting closer Jim Henderson, Alfredo Figaro got three straight outs for his first career save.

NATIONALS 2, DIAMONDBACKS 0

PHOENIX (AP) - Dan Haren brought his disappointing season with Washington to a strong conclusion, blanking Arizona on four hits through seven innings.

Haren (10-14), the former Diamondbacks pitcher who signed a one-year, $13 million deal with the Nationals and struggled mightily for much of the season, struck out five and walked one.

Brandon McCarthy (5-11) gave up two runs on five hits in seven innings.

With the loss, Arizona fell to 80-81, the first time the Diamondbacks have been under .500 all season.

PADRES 9, GIANTS 3

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jesus Guzman, Chris Denorfia and Jedd Gyorko each homered and drove in two runs and San Diego beat San Francisco.

Hunter Pence, who reached a tentative agreement on a $90 million, five-year contract before the game, hit a two-run homer for the Giants.

Eric Stults (11-13) pitched seven effective innings to win his third straight start after going 0-6 in his previous 10 starts. He also helped himself with an RBI single during a four-run fourth.

Stults allowed three runs and seven hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out three.

Yusmeiro Petit (4-1) lasted a season-low 3 2-3 innings, giving up five runs and seven hits.

Luke Gregerson pitched the eighth and Huston Street worked the ninth.

ROCKIES 1, DODGERS 0

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Juan Nicasio outdueled Zack Greinke for his first victory in six starts and Nolan Arenado had an RBI double, leading Colorado over Los Angeles.

Nicasio (9-9) allowed three hits over 5 1-3 innings and struck out seven while winning for the first time since Aug. 26 against San Francisco.

Adam Octavio followed Josh Outman out of the bullpen in the sixth, retiring Juan Uribe on a foul pop and Scott Van Slyke on a fly ball with the bases loaded. Rex Brothers, the sixth Rockies pitcher, got four outs for his 18th save in 20 chances.

Troy Tulowitzki doubled with one out in the fourth and scored on Arenado's two-out double to left-center.

Greinke (15-4) allowed a run and four hits through six innings.

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INTERLEAGUE

MARLINS 2, TIGERS 1, 10 INNINGS

MIAMI (AP) - Anibal Sanchez all but clinched the AL ERA title by pitching five scoreless innings for Detroit, but Joaquin Benoit blew a save and they lost to the Miami.

Detroit took a 1-0 lead into the ninth, but the Marlins rallied against Benoit. He blew a save for only the second time in 26 chances this year, which prevented Sanchez from earning his 15th victory.

Ed Lucas singled home the tying run with two outs in the ninth, and Benoit loaded the bases. The got out of the inning after throwing 31 pitches.

Evan Reed (0-1) loaded the bases with a walk and, with one out, Giancarlo Stanton hit a winning RBI single.

Steve Cishek (4-6) pitched a hitless 10th.

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