NEW YORK — Carlos Gomez homered and had four hits, including a tiebreaking single in the 10th inning that sent the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-2 victory over the New York Mets on Saturday.
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. Milwaukee has won the first three in a four-game set at Citi Field — all by the same score — to give the club five victories in its final seven series.
Despite their punchless finish, the Mets are poised to retain manager Terry Collins.
Three people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that Collins is close to an agreement to return. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been finalized and no announcement had been made. Collins’ current contract expires after this season, his third in charge of the Mets.
Cardinals 6, Cubs 2
ST. LOUIS — Adam Wainwright earned his 19th victory in a tuneup for the NL division series opener and Matt Holliday homered again as the St. Louis Cardinals showed no letup after clinching the NL Central, beating the Chicago Cubs.
Holliday homered for the second straight day and Yadier Molina drove in two runs for St. Louis (96-65), which entered the day tied with Atlanta for the NL lead in wins. The Cardinals have won five in a row.
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) leads the majors in losses.
Padres 9, Giants 3
SAN FRANCISCO — Jesus Guzman, Chris Denorfia and Jedd Gyorko each homered and drove in two runs and the San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants.
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. San Francisco had won three in a row.
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 on 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.