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Updated: September 30, 2012, 8:14 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- Carlos Beltran homered from both sides of the plate for the ninth time in his career and drove in five runs, and the St. Louis Cardinals closed in on the NL's second wild-card berth by beating the Washington Nationals 10-4 Sunday.

St. Louis (86-73) took a 7-0 lead by the third inning and reduced its magic number for clinching to two. They lead the Dodgers by two games for the second NL wild card.

Washington (96-63), already assured of the capital's first postseason baseball ...

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