|(Baseball) No-hit rookie Wacha helps Cardinals get even
Rookie Michael Wacha (pictured) took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning to help St Louis edge the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 Monday and set up a winner-takes-all Game 5 in the NL division series.
The Cardinals improved to 7-1 over the last three years when facing elimination in the postseason.
Pedro Alvarez hit his third home run of the series, connecting with one out in the eighth for Pittsburgh's only hit in Game 4.
Wacha and the St Louis bullpen made Matt Holliday's two-run homer stand up. Trevor Rosenthal worked around a two-out walk in the ninth, retiring Andrew McCutchen on a popup for his first post-season save.
Oakland took a 2-1 lead in its AL division series against Detroit, with Brandon Moss, Josh Reddick and Seth Smith hitting homers as the Athletics chased Anibal Sanchez in the fifth inning and beat the Tigers 6-3.
Moss broke a 3-all tie in the fifth with a solo shot, and Smith's two-run drive later in the inning ended Sanchez' day. It was an impressive offensive show after the teams split two tense, low-scoring games in Oakland.
Oakland can close out the series Tuesday.
Sanchez, the American League's ERA leader, allowed six runs _ five earned _ and eight hits in 4 1-3 innings.
Jarrod Parker gave up three runs in five innings for Oakland, and the Tigers couldn't rally against the bullpen. –AP