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MLB: St. Louis 4, Washington 3

Sept. 24, 2013 at 12:09 AM

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Carlos Beltran pounded a go-ahead, two-run homer Monday and the St. Louis Cardinals eliminated Washington from playoff contention with a 4-3 victory.

The game was tied 2-2 in the fifth inning when Jon Jay led off with a single against Nationals starter Tanner Roark and Beltran followed by powering a 3-1 pitch into the Cardinals' bullpen.

Adam Wainwright (18-9) allowed three runs on seven hits over seven innings to collect the win, walking none and striking out five.

Randy Choate, Carlos Martinez and Kevin Siegrist combined for 1 1/3 scoreless relief innings and Trevor Rosenthal recorded his first save as National League Central-leading St. Louis maintained a two-game lead over second-place Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.

The Cards reduced their magic number for clinching the division to four.

The Nationals, meanwhile, saw their playoff hopes extinguished in dropping the first of a three-game series.

Roark (7-1) was touched for four runs on nine hits over five full innings.

Jayson Werth smacked a two-run, first-inning homer in the loss.

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