Behind Wood’s gem, Braves keep pace in WC race

After Evan Gattis provided support with a homer, Alex Wood willed the Braves to a 1-0 victory Sunday evening at Turner Field. Wood scattered five hits over eight scoreless innings and matched a career high with 12 strikeouts. The Braves moved to within six games of the first-place Nationals, and are just 1 1/2 games back in the race for the National League's second Wild Card entry.

Cards ride Holliday’s bat to top of NL Central

After five months and 136 games, the Cards will enter September positioned precisely as hoped. They are again co-leaders in the National League Central. A little less than two hours after stunning the Cubs with a come-from-behind, 9-6 win, the Cardinals moved into a tie with the Brewers, who were blown out in San Francisco. Matt Holliday homered, drove in four runs and hit the game-winner.

Yadi, Hinske peacemakers in misunderstanding

John Lackey understands Spanish well enough to know what Starlin Castro was saying, but didn't grasp that the Cubs' shortstop was mad at himself, not at the Cardinals pitcher. Castro was upset after he flew out to center to end the fourth inning Sunday, and he yelled something in Spanish. Lackey took exception to what was said, and Cubs first-base coach Eric Hinske and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina had to be peacemakers.