Sep 27, 2009 12:34 AM

Cardinals clinch NL Central with win over Rockies

DENVER (AP) - Matt Holliday celebrated another playoff clincher at Coors Field, only this time it was with the St. Louis Cardinals and not the Colorado Rockies.

Jason LaRue, subbing at catcher for injured All-Star Yadier Molina, homered off Ubaldo Jimenez to break a seventh-inning tie and the Cardinals clinched the NL Central crown when they beat the Rockies 6-3 Saturday night behind right-hander Adam Wainwright's 19th victory.

Colorado's lead in the NL wild-card race shrunk to 2½ games over the Atlanta Braves, who beat Washington 11-5 Saturday.

Ryan Franklin got the save, stranding runners at second and third in the ninth when pinch-hitter Ryan Spilborghs grounded out to end it.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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