Beltran homers twice as Cardinals beat Nats 10-4
October 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson
ST. LOUIS (AP) — 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 (86-74) reduced its magic number for clinching to two, pending the game later Sunday between the Los Angeles Dodgers (83-75) and Colorado. Washington (96-63), already assured of the capital’s first postseason baseball since 1933, saw its magic number for clinching the NL East remain at one over second-place Atlanta (93-66). Lance Lynn (18-7) allowed four runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings, improving to 5-0 with a 2.10 ERA in his last five appearances.