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Cardinals can’t hold on for win over playoff first-timers

Rookies in the postseason, the Washington Nationals played like poised veterans with a 3-2 victory over the Cardinals on Sunday in St. Louis.

The Nationals escaped a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning, pinch hitter Tyler Moore blooped a two-out, two-run single in the eighth and Washington beat the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Sunday in an NL playoff opener.

The Nationals, who had never come close to making the playoffs since moving from Montreal for the 2005 season, overcame a wild start by 21-game winner Gio Gonzalez, who walked seven.

St. Louis wasted a 10-strikeout gem by Adam Wainwright.

Tigers 5, Athletics 4: Don Kelly scored the tying run on a wild pitch in the eighth inning, then hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth that lifted the Tigers in Detroit and gave them a 2-0 lead in the ALDS series.

Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera doubled twice for the Tigers, hit a fly ball that resulted in a two-run error and later singled in the ninth.

The Tigers overcame three A’s leads and seesawed to victory. It was 1-all before a wild final three innings that included a big Oakland misplay, two game-tying wild pitches and several momentum changes.

Yankees 7, Orioles 2: Russell Martin led off the ninth inning in Baltimore with a tie-breaking home run off Jim Johnson, and CC Sabathia turned in a sparkling pitching performance as the Yankees took a 1-0 lead in the series.

Sabathia allowed two runs and eight hits in 8 2/3 innings to help the Yankees spoil the Orioles’ first home playoff game since 1997. The left-hander went 0-2 in three starts against Baltimore during the regular season.

With the score 2-all, Martin drove a 2-0 pitch from Johnson into the left-field seats. It was the first of four straight hits off Johnson, who led the majors with 51 saves.

Reds 9, Giants 0: Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan drove in three runs as Cincinnati took a 2-0 series lead in dominating fashion in San Francisco.

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