MILWAUKEE (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals had to play extra innings but ended up giving themselves a little daylight in the competitive NL Central.

Carlos Beltran beat the Milwaukee Brewers with a 10th inning sacrifice fly. The Cardinals now hold a two-game lead over Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, who are tied for the Wild Card.

(Catch  Cardinal action on 1070 KHMO Saturday, pregame begins 5:10 p.m.  Sunday's game will be an evening event, pregame begins at 6:10 p.m.)

DETROIT (AP) - For Max Scherzer, the fifth time was the charm. The Detroit Tigers ace finally won his major league-leading 20th game on his fifth attempt, beating the Chicago White Sox in a 12-5 game. Scherzer has had two losses and two no decisions in his previous four starts. The Tigers are closing in on another AL Central crown.

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Cubs gave up four runs with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Atlanta Braves moved to within one win of clinching the NL East. Chris Johnson went 3 for 4 with a homer in the 9-5 Atlanta victory. Freddie Freeman added a three-run homer. Kevin Gregg lost his fifth game for the Cubs.

BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Red Sox clinched the AL East title on Friday night, getting seven strong innings from Jon Lester to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-3 and eliminate Tampa Bay from the division race. Lester improved to 15-8 for his 100th career victory.

PITTSBURGH (AP)- The Cincinnati Reds scored three in the ninth and won it on Joey Votto's opposite field home run in the 10th inning to squeak out a 6-5 win over Pittsburgh. That moves the Reds into a second-place tie with the Pirates behind NL Central-leading St. Louis.

Kansas City 2, Texas 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A bases loaded walk has given the Kansas City Royals a win over the Texas Rangers in a critical game for AL Wild Card positioning. Alcides Escobar walked home the winning run after Neftali Feliz couldn't find the strike zone. The Royals gained a game on Texas with the 2-1 victory.

NEW YORK (AP) - Alex Rodriguez set a major league record with his 24th career grand slam, passing Lou Gehrig with a tiebreaking shot in the seventh inning that sent the New York Yankees to a 5-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants last night. Rodriguez's slam helped CC Sabathia beat Tim Lincecum (LINZ'-ih-kuhm) in a matchup of former Cy Young Award winners having subpar seasons.

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HS Football

Hannibal 21  Mexico 20       The Hannibal Pirates squeaked by Mexico last night.  Running back Mitch Nichols carried the ball into the end zone with just over a minute left in the game to tie the score at 20 all.  Marcus Allen successfully kicked the extra point to give the Pirates the victory at Porter Stadium.

The Palmyra Panthers shut out Highland 40 to 0.  Bill Shuler has more…

Louisiana 14  Mark Twain 12

Centralia 50  S Shelby 0

Salisbury 57 N  Shelby 0

Paris  44   Knox Co 38

Brookfield 9  Monroe City 6

Bowling Green 49   N Calloway 34

Quincy High 49  Peoria Manual 14

QND 48  Macomb 8

College Football

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Expect a good old-fashioned wide-open shootout when Missouri and Indiana face off today. The Tigers have started strong after going 5-7 in their first year in the Southeastern Conference. But Indiana also is off to a strong start, bouncing back from last season's disappointing 4-8 finish.

Northwood vs QU in Quincy at 1 pm

CMU is at Culver Stockton  at 1pm

 

 

 

 

 

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Expect a good old-fashioned wide-open shootout when Missouri and Indiana face off today. The Tigers have started strong after going 5-7 in their first year in the Southeastern Conference. But Indiana also is off to a strong start, bouncing back from last season's disappointing 4-8 finish.

Northwood vs QU in Quincy at 1 pm

CMU is at Culver Stockton  at 1