ST. LOUIS: Tyler ONeill hit a tiebreaking homer, and the St. Louis Cardinals salvaged a split of their four-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 2-1 win on Thursday.
The Cardinals climbed within three games of idle San Diego for the second NL wild card, while the Dodgers fell 2 1/2 games behind the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants.
ONeills fifth-inning drive off Phil Bickford (3-2), his 25th homer this season, barely cleared the wall in left, inching past the outstretched glove of Steven Souza Jr.
The homer made a winner out of Alex Reyes (6-8), who pitched two scoreless innings in his fifth appearance since being demoted from the closers role. Giovanny Gallegos earned his sixth save with a perfect ninth.
The Dodgers mustered just four hits against five Cardinals pitchers.
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OAKLAND, Calif.: Sean Manaea struck out nine in seven dominant innings, leading Oakland to the victory.
Manaea (9-9) allowed one run and five hits in his first win since July 28. The left-hander went 0-3 with an 8.00 ERA in his previous six starts.
Tony Kemp and Matt Chapman each drove in a run for Oakland, which took two of three games in the series. Andrew Chafin pitched a scoreless ninth inning to record his third save.
Jos Abreu had two hits and drove in a run for the AL Central-leading White Sox. Reynaldo Lpez (3-2) was charged with one earned run and six hits in five innings.
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