Cardinals 12, Nationals 2

Updated: September 29, 2012, 12:26 AM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- Nine runs in 1 1-3 innings said it all. The St. Louis Cardinals took all the suspense out of a matchup of teams on the cusp of clinchers.

Even in a wipeout loss, the Washington Nationals took away a big positive.

Allen Craig matched his career best with four hits to go with two RBIs, Yadier Molina hit a two-run home run and the Cardinals punished Edwin Jackson in a 12-2 victory Friday night to reduce their magic number for clinching the second wild-card berth to three.

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