MLB: St. Louis 10, Washington 4

Sept. 30, 2012 at 6:42 PM

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Carlos Beltran cracked two homers Sunday and the St. Louis Cardinals moved closer to a post-season berth with a 10-4 pasting of Washington.

Beltran finished with five RBI and Peter Kozma went 3-for-3 with a bases-clearing triple for the Cardinals, who reduced their magic number for clinching a National League wild-card spot to two.

They led the Los Angeles Dodgers by two games with four to play coming into Sunday's contest.

Lance Lynn (18-7) got the victory -- his fifth straight -- despite allowing four runs on six hits in a 5 1/3-inning outing.

Nationals starter Ross Detwiler (10-8) was rocked for seven runs (three earned) on four hits and five walks in just 2 1/3 frames.

Washington's magic number to clinch their first NL East title remained at one.

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