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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals beat the Cubs 10-4 as Joe Maddon clears the bench by game's end. No biggie but it does mean if Chicago gets to 100 wins, it'll be on the road.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rookie Alex Reyes helped the Cardinals stay in the middle of the wild card race with a laborious, but impressive outing Saturday in a 10-4 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Reyes pitched out of trouble, but still needed 115 pitches to get through five innings. The Cardinals chased Jason Hammel from the game in the third inning and kept adding against the Cubs' bullpen.The Cardinals pulled into a virtual tie with the Giants and trail the Mets by a game in the wild-card standings pending those teams' night games.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins acknowledged it's probably a bullpen role or nothing for Steven Matz at this point. Matz was scratched from Friday's planned return because of continued shoulder discomfort. He has not appeared in a game since Aug. 14.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Wilmer Flores may be done for the season. He remains not close to being capable of swinging a bat. Flores injured his right wrist in a plate collision in Atlanta two weeks ago and has been diagnosed with a bone bruise. He since has received two cortisone shots.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Noah Syndergaard will throw a bullpen session at Citi Field on Saturday in an attempt to be ready for a start on Monday or Tuesday, according to Roger Rubin at Citi Field. Syndergaard originally had been scheduled to start Saturday, but was scratched due to strep throat.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's the Phillies lineup for Saturday's 7:10 p.m. ET game against the Mets at Citi Field.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Asdrubal Cabrera continues to demonstrate his toughness. He starts the night after fouling a ball off his right knee area. Here's the Mets lineup for Saturday's 7:10 p.m. ET game against the Phillies. Sean Gilmartin starts for Noah Syndergaard. Lucas Duda gets a second straight start at first base. Michael Conforto gets rewarded for Friday's three-run homer. Reyes 3B, Cabrera SS, Cespedes LF, Granderson CF, Johnson 2B, Conforto RF, Duda 1B, d'Arnaud C, Gilmartin LHP

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Alex Reyes had a far less-efficient outing today than in his previous start, which could have something to do with the opponent and location. Facing the slumping Giants at AT&T Park, Reyes needed just 84 pitches to breeze through seven scoreless innings. Facing the dangerous Cubs at Wrigley Field, he needed 115 pitches to get through five innings. Still, he's in line for his fourth major-league win.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Alex Reyes pumped his fists and yelled something after throwing a sweeping curveball to strike out Kris Bryant and strand a runner at third in the fourth inning at Wrigley Field. Reyes, who is coming off a dominant outing in San Francisco, has in one way been more impressive today. He has been able to get out of jams and limit damage in all four of his innings so far. He had big strikeouts of Addison Russell and Anthony Rizzo earlier in the game to limit the Cubs scoring.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Alex Reyes very animated after striking out Kris Bryant to end the fourth. Not sure you won't to poke the bear like that.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs' Dexter Fowler triples to the wall in right-center. He has a single, double and triple his first three trips to the plate. The wind is working against any homer bid, but St. Louis' Stephen Piscotty got one out and you never know.

Bradford Doolittle @bbdoolittle

La Stella hititng for Montgomery. Okay outing for Monty, but he'll have to ramp it up to be used in any high-leverage spots in the playoffs.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals have scored five of their six runs with two outs against the Cubs today. That's a refreshing change to a season-long pattern. The Cardinals have batted .243 this year with runners in scoring position and two outs, 11th best in the league. As the Cardinals look for ways to score without the home run, today is a step forward.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Hammel is done in the third. Cards have two on with one out, up 5-3. Mike Montgomery comes on for what could be a protracted relief outing. If Hammel was trying to create as much doubt as possible in the Cubs' postseason roster decision-making, that wasn't the way to do it.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs get Dexter Fowler's RBI double in the second to trim St. Louis' lead to 5-3. However, in both innings Cardinals starter Alex Reyes has been able to limit what could have been much worse damage. He struck out Anthony Rizzo with two runners in scoring position to end that inning.

Bradford Doolittle @bbdoolittle

Ben Zobrist strokes a two-run triple into the corner off Alex Reyes and the Cubs are right back in it. Man, this club just does not let up.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Rough first inning for Jason Hammel. The Cubs starter gives up four runs and walked two batters, both of whom scored, to put his team in an early hole. Good start for a Cardinals team that begins the game a half-game back of an NL wild-card spot no one seems to want to win.

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees Youth Movement lineup as they attempt to delay the inevitable this afternoon against the Toronto Blue Jays: Gardner 7 Ellsbury 8 Sanchez dh Gregorius 6 Hicks 9 McCann 2 Torreyes 5 Austin 3 Solano 4 Sabathia 1. Marcus Stroman pitching for the Jays.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

A day after his Cubs locked down the top seed in the NL playoff bracket, skipper Joe Maddon talked about his team's ability to always move on to the next goal.

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