x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Phillies eke out NL East title triumph

The Philadelphia Phillies celebrate during their win over the Washington Nationals.
The Philadelphia Phillies celebrate during their win over the Washington Nationals.

NEW YORK // Jamie Moyer pitched six innings as the Philadelphia Phillies clinched the National League East Division title by holding on for a 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals. Pat Burrell and Carlos Ruiz lifted sacrifice flies in the fourth inning off John Lannan (9-15), while Jayson Werth belted a homer in the fifth and Pedro Feliz laced a run-scoring double in the eighth to give Moyer (16-7), who allowed six hits and walked one, all the support he needed en route to winning his sixth straight decision.

Meanwhile, Ted Lilly carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning and Kosuke Fukudome belted a two-run homer in the ninth as the Chicago Cubs posted a 7-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. Daryle Ward also homered for Chicago, who will host game one of the National League Division Series on Wednesday, while Prince Fielder and JJ Hardy each drove in a run for the Brewers (89-72), who fell into a tie with the New York Mets (89-72) for the wild-card lead with one game to play.

The Mets beat Florida earlier and if the teams are tied, the Mets will host the Brewers in a one-game play-off. Johan Santana (16-7) struck out nine and walked three in pitching a three-hit shutout in a 2-0 win over the Florida Marlins as the New York Mets continued their chase for a National League post-season spot. Troy Glaus and Albert Pujols homered and reached personal milestones - 100 RBI and 100 runs for the season, respectively - as the St Louis Cardinals defeated the Cincinnati Reds 8-5.

* PA Sport