MLB Wrap: Gomez, McCann brawl in Braves' loss

MLB Wrap: Gomez, McCann brawl in Braves' loss
September 26, 2013, 12:15 am
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Braves catcher Brian McCann confronts Carlos Gomez after Gomez hit a home run in the first inning of Wednesday's game. (USA Today Images)

Cole Hamels made his final start of the year in a 3-2 loss to Miami and said "it sucks" for the Phillies to miss out on the postseason again (see story).

Also, Ryan Howard will join the Phillies in Atlanta on Thursday and work out with the club during its final series of the season (see story).

Now, here's a look at some of Wednesday's MLB action:

Gomez, McCann scuffle in Braves' loss
ATLANTA -- Kyle Lohse pitched a two-hitter and the Milwaukee Brewers overcame Carlos Gomez's ejection in the first inning to beat the Atlanta Braves 4-0 on Wednesday night.

The NL East champion Braves were shut out for the second time in three nights and have been blanked 17 times, second-most in the league.

After losing three of four, Atlanta has fallen three games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the NL's best winning percentage.

Lohse (11-10) struck out five and threw just 22 of 89 pitches for balls. In his first season with Milwaukee, Lohse was pitching for St. Louis when he had his last shutout, a 5-0 victory over Washington on April 21, 2011.

Gomez, made it 1-0 in the first with his 23rd homer, but was ejected without touching home plate during a benches-clearing argument (see full recap).

Yankees lose to Rays, miss playoffs
NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees failed to make the playoffs for only the second time in 19 years, getting mathematically eliminated Wednesday night during an 8-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Slowed by age and hobbled by injury, the Yankees (82-76) were chased with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning when the Cleveland Indians completed a 7-2 win over the Chicago White Sox. Despite baseball's highest opening-day payroll at $230 million, the Yankees failed to claim one of the 10 playoff berths.

Since starting the latest run of success in 1995, New York had missed the playoffs only in 2008 -- when the team bid goodbye to old Yankee Stadium. This time, the Yankees are saying goodbye to Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte, who are retiring when the season ends Sunday (see full recap).

Cardinals sweep Nats to close in on title
ST. LOUIS -- Rookie Shelby Miller won his 15th game, and Yadier Molina had the go-ahead hit for the St. Louis Cardinals, who wrapped up a three-game sweep of the Washington Nationals and moved another step closer to the NL Central title with a 4-1 victory on Wednesday.

Jordan Zimmermann (19-9) missed his only shot at 20 wins, allowing four runs in seven innings. The Nationals had five hits one day after breaking up rookie Michael Wacha's bid for a no-hitter in the ninth inning.

Matt Adams hit his eighth home run since replacing injured Allen Craig and doubled for the Cardinals, who led the Pirates by 2 games with three games to go. The Reds lost 1-0 to the Mets on Wednesday and were eliminated from the divisional race (see full recap).

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