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National League Game Capsules
(Monday, September 22)

Final Score: Pittsburgh 1, Atlanta 0

Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Francisco Liriano pitched six strong innings and Andrew McCutchen hit a solo home run to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 1-0 win over the Atlanta Braves to open a four-game set. Liriano (7-10) allowed three hits and four walks while striking out seven for the Pirates, who have won seven of their last eight games. Pittsburgh stayed 2 1/2 games back of St. Louis for first place in the NL Central as the Cardinals defeated the Cubs on Monday. Pittsburgh is temporarily a half-game ahead San Francisco for the top wild card spot as the Giants are currently playing the Dodgers. Aaron Harang (11-12) took the hard-luck loss as he gave up just the home run along with four hits and a pair of walks while striking out seven over seven innings for the Braves, who have lost nine of their last 10. The big news for Atlanta on Monday, though, came from the front office as general manager Frank Wren was fired a day after the team was officially eliminated from the playoff race. The club named John Hart as the interim GM.

Final Score: St. Louis 8, Chicago 0

Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Adam Wainwright pitched seven strong innings and the St. Louis Cardinals thumped the Chicago Cubs, 8-0, in the opener of a three-game set on Monday. Wainwright (20-9) won his fifth straight start to join Clayton Kershaw in the 20-win column this season. He allowed three hits and a walk while striking out eight. The win allowed St. Louis to stay 2 1/2 games up on Pittsburgh for first place in the NL Central. Pittsburgh defeated Atlanta on Monday. Jon Jay had two hits and drove in three runs, while Matt Adams went 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored in the win. Travis Wood (8-13) gave up seven runs -- six earned -- on eight hits with a pair of walks and eight strikeouts over five innings for the Cubs, who have lost four of five.

09/22 23:24:14 ET