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CINCINNATI - After a day of too much Johnny Cueto, the Pittsburgh Pirates finally knew where they were going.Home. For the playoffs.Cueto singled in the go-ahead run and got his 20th victory on Sunday, a 4-1 win that gave the NL Central title to the St. Louis Cardinals and forced Pittsburgh to settle for a wild card for the second straight season.A bit sad, but not bad at all.Its disappointing, catcher Chris Stewart said. At the same time, we cant really hang our heads. We faced a great pitcher. Yes, we would have liked to win the division, but were still in the playoffs and still have a chance to win the World Series.Pittsburgh needed to beat the Reds and have the Cardinals lose later in the day at Arizona to pull even for first place and set up a one-game tiebreaker Monday. Instead, Cueto (20-9) settled the division race with eight impressive innings and an up-the-middle single.When they saw that theyd clinched, the Cardinals celebrated in the dugout and made wholesale changes to their starting lineup, including resting scheduled starter Adam Wainwright for the playoffs.The Pirates will head home to play the Giants at PNC Park on Wednesday, with the winner facing the Nationals in the division series. Pittsburgh also hosted the wild-card game last year and beat the Reds before losing to the Cardinals, so the Pirates know what to expect.I expect it to be like last year: So loud you cant hear the ball off the bat, said Josh Harrison, who came up short in his run at the NL batting title.Manager Clint Hurdle indicated Edinson Volquez likely will start the playoff game, although he declined to make it official. Volquez has allowed only four earned runs and 16 hits in his last five starts at PNC Park spanning 34 2-3 innings.To pitch that game would be something really big for me, said Volquez, who is 13-7 overall.Jason Bourgeois opened the eighth with a triple off Tony Wilson (10-2). One out later, Cueto came to bat, worked the count full and singled through a drawn-in infield for a 2-1 lead, pumping his fist as he reached first base.Its a funny game, Harrison said. Theres nothing you can say. Cueto found a hole.Kristopher Negron added a two-run homer off Justin Wilson.Cueto gave up six hits in eight innings, including Neil Walkers homer, as he became the first Reds pitcher to win 20 games since Danny Jackson in 1988. Hes the first Reds right-hander to win 20 since 1965, when Sammy Ellis and Jim Maloney did it.Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth for his 36th save in 38 chances.The Pirates went all-out to try to win the game, starting Gerrit Cole a their best September pitcher a instead of saving him for the playoffs. Cole did his part, giving up one run and six hits in seven innings and matching his career high with 12 strikeouts.After talking with team leaders, Hurdle decided to stay with his starting pitching alignment for the playoffs. That meant stick with Cole, who had won his last four starts.The right-hander had a tough first inning, giving up back-to-back singles by Negron and Brandon Phillips. Todd Fraziers groundout made it 1-0. Cole went on a streak of retiring 19 of 20 batters, extending his run of impressive September pitching. Cole is 8-1 in 11 career starts during the month.When the game ended, Hurdle shook each players hand in the dugout and said, Like the fight!Asked whether the Pirates are better prepared for the playoffs the second time around, Hurdle said, I dont know. Were going to find out. But I like our team. I like our fight. I like our grit.Harrison went 0 for 4, ending his career-high 15-game hitting streak and ending his chances for the NL batting title. He started the day at .318, a point behind Justin Morneau, but slipped to .315. He wasnt disappointed at finishing second.None of that means anything to me, Harrison said.The Reds played themselves out of contention by going 25-42 after the All-Star break, matching the club record for second-half futility. The 1933 team also had 25 wins after the All-Star game, the fewest in a non-strike season.TRAINERS ROOMPirates: Catcher Russell Martin missed a second consecutive game with a sore left hamstring. Backup catcher Chris Stewart left after Cuetos bat hit his glove hand as he followed through on his single in the eighth. X-rays on the wrist were negative.Reds: Center fielder Billy Hamilton sat out a fourth straight game with concussion symptoms. He set a club rookie record with 56 stolen bases.ON DECKPirates: Pittsburgh is 51-30 at PNC Park, tied with the Cardinals for best home record in the NL.STATSHits king Pete Rose got a standing ovation when he was shown on the videoboard during the seventh inning. Rose attends several games a year in his hometown. ... Starling Marte singled off Chapman in the ninth, extending his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games.___Follow Joe Kay on Twitter: http://twitter.com/apjoekay William Gholston Jersey . The 25-year-old Lu, a regular on the Japan LPGA Tour after giving up her LPGA Tour membership in 2010, shot an 8-under 64 in windy, wet conditions at Kintetsu Kashikojima. 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So he decided to take another route to the hole.The world No. 1 made his first competitive hole-in-one as a professional as part of a brilliant back nine in his second round, acing the par-3 15th from 177 yards to propel his pursuit of tournament leader Martin Kaymer.McIlroy threw his hands in the air and high-fived playing partner Rickie Fowler after his 9-iron landed a yard from the hole, hopped right and trickled into the cup.It never left the pin, McIlroy said after ticking off one of the few things hed yet to achieve in his golf career.A 6-under 66 completed with a 15-foot birdie putt at No. 18 moved McIlroy into third place on 11 under, two shots behind Kaymer, to set up a potentially thrilling duel over the weekend between two players who won three of last years majors.McIlroy will do well to dislodge Kaymer, though.The U.S. Open champion followed up a first-round 64 with a 67 to give himself a great chance of a fourth title at the National Course where he won in 2008, 10 and 11.Kaymer, who maintained his one-stroke lead from overnight, is a strong front-runner as shown by his wire-to-wire victories in last years U.S. Open and in Abu Dhabi in 08. He is even threatening to challenge his own record low total in this tournament, set in 11 when he shot a 24-under 264.Its one of the only tournaments where you stand on the first tee and you pretty much know you have birdied every single hole, said Kaymer, whose second-round highlight came on his 10th hole when he chipped in for birdie from a greenside bunker.Separating Kaymer and McIlroy on the leaderboard is Thomas Pieters, a strapping 22-year-old Belgian who is starting to fulfil his potential after an impressive college career in which he was NCAA champion in 2012.Pieters, seeking a first European Tour win, shhot a 67 for 12 under.ddddddddddddAmong the players to miss the cut at 2 under in the first tournament in the annual Desert Swing were defending champion Pablo Larrazabal, No. 2 Henrik Stenson and Italys Matteo Manassero. Fowler shot a 75 to drop to 2 under and just make the weekend.McIlroy recalled making 10 hole-in-ones, the last coming in a pro-am two years ago. His first came at the age of 9 and was also a 9-iron, on that occasion from 106 yards at his home course in Holywood, Northern Ireland.But one of the most thrilling feats in golf had evaded him in competitive professional play until he stepped up at No. 15, slightly downbeat after missing very makeable birdie putts on Nos. 13 and 14.He stayed in his pose as the ball drew in, kicked right on landing and took a couple of small bounces before plopping in.I didnt need to get the putter out on that hole, said McIlroy, who walked up to the cup, repaired his pitch mark and scooped the ball out to whoops and hollers from the crowd.McIlroy was delighted with his ball-striking on a day that revived memories of his stunning year in 2014, when he won two majors and returned to No. 1. He has quickly shaken off the rust following time off over Christmas.Ball-striking, couldnt really fault it, McIlroy said. Just really happy with how Im playing.Kaymer is playing even better, though. Out early in benign conditions sunny and without a hint of wind Kaymers unforgiving driving and iron play was as strong as in the first round but his putting wasnt as prolific.His bogey-free score contained five birdies and should have been lower, with a 3-footer on No. 6 (his 15th) one of a number of birdie chances spurned.My game feels like theres isnt much that will go wrong, said Kaymer, who is 100 under par for his last 30 rounds on the National Course.Austrias Bernd Wiesberger shot a 65 for the lowest score of the second round. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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