The Pirates beat the Cubs 7-5. After the Pirates tied the game 3-3 in the top of the seventh inning, the Cubs took the lead back in the bottom of the frame with a two run outburst of their own. With the Pirates down two in the ninth and the bases loaded against Carlos Marmol, Derrek Lee hit a grand slam to take the lead. Joel Hanrahan shut down the Cubs to end the game. Lee ended up 3-5 with five RBI in this game. Alfonso Soriano was 2-3 with four RBI and Aramis Ramirez was 2-3 with three runs scored. The Cubs are officially eliminated from the playoff race.
The Cardinals beat the Reds 6-4. The Reds scored a couple in the eighth as they tried to make a run, but couldn't overcome an early Cardinals lead, as St. Louis put up five total runs in the second and third innings. Jaime Garcia had a nice start, going six innings and giving up just one earned run while striking out six. Jay Bruce went 2-4 with a two run homer and Edgar Renteria had a three hit day. John Jay, Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday, and Skip Schumaker each picked up a couple hits for the Cards.
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The Wild Card race looks like this right now:
And here are the playoff participants, if the season ended today:
Braves (Wild Card)
The Brewers send Shaun Marcum (11-5, 3.24) to the mound to combat the Astros and Wandy Rodriguez (10-9, 3.43).
Bronson Arroyo (8-11, 5.13) and the Reds take on Edwin Jackson (11-9, 3.83) and the Cardinals.
The Pirates and Cubs play again with Charlie Morton (9-8, 3.74) facing off against Randy Wells (6-4, 5.06).