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Cardinals' Oh Seung-hwan saves key game, keeps postseason hopes alive

All Headlines 09:36 October 02, 2016

SEOUL, Oct. 2 (Yonhap) -- Oh Seung-hwan of the St. Louis Cardinals has kept the club's postseason hopes alive.

Oh picked up his 19th save of the season against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Saturday (local time), working around two singles in the ninth inning to preserve a 4-3 victory.

The win improved the Cardinals to 85-76, one game behind the San Francisco Giants for the second wild-card spot in the National League with one game remaining.

If the Cards and the Giants finish with identical records, St. Louis will host the one-game showdown Monday to determine the second wild-card winner. The New York Mets (87-74) clinched the first wild card with a 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.

Oh struck out fellow Korean Kang Jung-ho, who had homered earlier in the game, to open the top of the ninth. Kang went down swinging on a 1-2 slider.

Andrew McCutchen then flied out to right for the second out. Oh gave up back-to-back singles to Alen Hanson and Jacob Stallings, before retiring Pedro Florimon on a flyout to left.

It was Oh's first save since Sept. 18 against the Giants. He's now 6-3 with 19 saves and a 1.92 ERA. He has 103 strikeouts in 79 2/3 innings.

Kang staked the Pirates to a 3-0 lead with one swing of the bat in the first inning, sending a three-run blast over the left-center field wall off Michael Wacha. It was Kang's 21st home run of the season.

Kang didn't have another hit in four at-bats, and is now batting .258 with 62 RBIs.

The Cardinals will face the Pirates, and the Giants will host the Los Angeles Dodgers for their final regular season games Sunday.

jeeho@yna.co.kr
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