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Russell's spectacular grab keeps Cubs ahead

With the bases loaded in the seventh, Addison Russell raced into the outfield for a diving catch to end the inning and keep the Cubs ahead of the Pirates.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Thanks to a three-run homer from old friend Kirk Nieuwenhuis, the Brewers beat the Cardinals 3-1 on Wednesday. That allowed the Mets to move within 1.5 games of the Cardinals for the NL's second wild-card spot. In recent days the Mets have leapfrogged the Marlins and Pirates. So there are no longer any teams between the Mets and the current wild-card-spot occupants.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals got shut down by Matt Garza and Milwaukee's suspect bullpen in a 3-1 loss at Miller Park Wednesday night. Rookie pitcher Luke Weaver was masterful, striking out 10 batters, but he had one bad inning, yielding a three-run home run to Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the third inning. The Cardinals lead the New York Mets by 1 1/2 games for the second wild card spot.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Outfielder Justin Ruggiano has been placed on the 60-day disabled list to clear the 40-man roster spot for the acquisition of right-handed reliever Fernando Salas from the Angels. That ends Ruggiano's season.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Mets acquire RHP Fernando Salas from the Angels for minor league RHP Erik Manoah, who had been with Brooklyn.

Mets rally to stay alive in wild-card race

Kelly Johnson broke an eighth inning tie with a bases-clearing double to give the Mets a 5-2 victory over the Marlins.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeurys Familia reacts to setting the franchise's single-season saves record on Wednesday with No. 44. "I'm so happy right now," Familia said.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Bartolo Colon says the arrival of Jose Reyes and getting Yoenis Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera back from injuries has turned around the season.


Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

The Orioles fell to the Blue Jays 5-3 in the deciding game of their AL East showdown. The loss drops Baltimore four back of Toronto in the division, and puts them into a tie with Detroit for the second AL wild card spot. Total attendance for the series at Camden Yards was 45,791.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox announce Yoan Moncada will be called up from Double-A Portland on Friday.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Joey Votto went 1-for-4 against Ricky Nolasco on Wednesday to fall just short of becoming the first Reds player since 1900 to hit .400 in consecutive months of the same season. After hitting .413 in July, Votto batted .394 in August. Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers was the last MLB player to achieve the feat. He hit .454 in June and .418 of July 2010 en route to winning the American League MVP award.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Wilmer Flores, who delivered a two-run homer Wednesday, reacts to the postgame news that Neil Walker will opt for season-ending surgery to repair a herniated disk.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Neil Walker will opt for surgery, Terry Collins said. He will address the media Thursday. His season is over. Collins said the outcome is unexpected.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins said he met with the players for 30 seconds after the game to thank them for hanging in there through summer adversity.

Jayson Werth launches tape-measure shot

The Nationals left fielder crushed his 20th homer of the season 453 feet to center field against the Phillies.


Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The Elias Sports Bureau reports that Stephen Cardullo just became the second player ever to hit his first 2 career HR on his birthday. The other: Angel Pagan on 7/2/06. Better than cake!

Ricky Nolasco shut down Reds

The Angels starter tossed a shutout and struck out seven batters in a 3-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets have made a trade. They have sold Triple-A catcher Nevin Ashley to the Texas Rangers. Kevin Plawecki is being called up to the Mets as the third catcher, so Ashley's season was nearly complete.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

With his save on Wednesday against the Marlins, Jeurys Familia has set a franchise record for saves in a single season. He now has 44, one ahead of his total last year as well as Armando Benitez in 2001.