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Pittsburgh Pirates' Jordy Mercer, left, touches third base for a triple past Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier during the fourth inning Sunday in Cincinnati.
Pittsburgh Pirates' Jordy Mercer, left, touches third base for a triple past Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier during the fourth inning Sunday in Cincinnati.
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CINCINNATI — Jordy Mercer hit an inside-the-park homer and triple, and the Pittsburgh Pirates completed a three-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds 4-2 on Sunday in a matchup of teams that will play for the NL wild card.


They’ll open the postseason on Tuesday night at Pittsburgh, the Pirates’ first playoff game in 21 years. They’ve met five times in the playoffs: 1970, 1972, 1975, 1979 and 1990, when the Reds won their last World Series title.


Johnny Cueto (5-2), who is 8-2 career at PNC Park, will face Francisco Liriano (16-8), who is 0-3 in four starts against Cincinnati this season.


The Reds dropped their last five games, matching their season high.


Brandon Cumpton (2-1) gave up a pair of hits in five shutout innings. Kyle Farnsworth got his second save. Greg Reynolds (1-3) took the loss.


Rockies 2, Dodgers 1


LOS ANGELES — Michael Cuddyer won his first batting title and Todd Helton singled in the final game of his career to help the Colorado Rockies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers.


The Dodgers said they won’t have center fielder Matt Kemp in the postseason because of swelling in a bone in his left ankle.


Cuddyer went 1 for 5 and finished at .331 to win the title by 10 points over Atlanta’s Chris Johnson.


Helton was 1 for 4 with a walk, singling his first time up. The first baseman is retiring after 17 seasons.


Braves 12, Phillies 5


ATLANTA — Evan Gattis had a two-run homer among his three hits, Elliot Johnson drove in five runs and the NL East champion Atlanta Braves beat Philadelphia.


The Braves won their first division title since 2005. They will have home-field advantage against the Dodgers in the NL division series, which begins Thursday at Turner Field.


Cardinals 4, Cubs 0


ST. LOUIS — Matt Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals clinched home-field advantage throughout the National League playoffs when they beat the Chicago Cubs for their sixth straight win.


With the top seed, the NL Central champions will host the wild-card winner in Game 1 of the best-of-five division series on Thursday.


Giants 7, Padres 6


SAN FRANCISCO — Hunter Pence singled home the winning run with no outs in the ninth inning to lift the San Francisco Giants over San Diego.


Francisco Peguero hit his first career home run leading off the ninth to tie it as Huston Street (2-5) blew his second save in 35 chances.


Diamondbacks 3, Nationals 2


PHOENIX — A.J. Pollock beat out a run-scoring infield single in the eighth inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks sent Washington manager Davey Johnson into retirement with a loss.


Washington failed in the final game of a career by Johnson that spanned six decades, but still finished 11 games above .500 at 86-76. The Nationals won the NL East last season.


Mets 3, Brewers 2


NEW YORK — Eric Young Jr. won the NL stolen base crown and helped the New York Mets rally when Milwaukee botched two bunts in the eighth inning.


Young swiped two bases in the first, scored on a shallow sacrifice fly and later threw out a runner at the plate from left field. He began the day tied for the NL lead in steals at 44 with Milwaukee shortstop Jean Segura, who sat out for the 10th time in 11 games because of a strained right hamstring.


Before the game, former Mets slugger Mike Piazza was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame during a 30-minute ceremony on the field.

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