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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Zach Davies couldn’t hold an early lead and it proved costly to the Milwaukee Brewers.Davies gave up a go-ahead double to Francisco Cervelli in the fourth inning that lifted the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-2 win over the Brewers on Saturday night.Milwaukee lost for just the fourth time in 15 games and dropped 2 1/2 games behind the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs. The Brewers’ lead for the NL’s top wild card was cut to three games over the Los Angeles Dodgers.“The team was there till the end of it http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-chase-headley-jersey ,” Davies said, even though he was finished after five innings. “The fight’s still there. It’s going to be fighting till the end of the season.”Christian Yelich reached 30 homers for the first time when he connected in the first off Ivan Nova (9-9).“You got to be careful with that guy,” Nova said of Yelich. “I went 1-1 trying to go in off the plate, missed off the plate and guy hit a homer.”Nova wasn’t worried, though.“The game doesn’t end in the first inning,” Nova said. “You got to move on.”Nova gave up one run and four hits in six innings. He retired 17 of the next 20 batters after Yelich’s homer.“He got through six innings pretty easy, really,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “We didn’t get much going on with him as the game progressed.”Nova downplayed any suggestion of the Pirates playing the role of spoiler.“No, you want to finish strong,” he said after helping the Pirates improve to 10-5 against the Brewers this season. “It don’t matter who you are facing, you just want to finish strong. You want to get the job done.”Colin Moran hit a tying RBI double in the second. Pittsburgh scored its final run in the sixth when Starling Marte doubled and came around when Josh Bell stole his first base since June 22 last year, and catcher Erik Kratz’s throwing bounced into center field for an error.Davies (2-6), who had two stints on the disabled list this season caused by right rotator cuff inflammation, made his third start since his latest return to the majors and allowed two runs, three hits and a walk.Rookie Richard Rodriguez pitched the seventh Tyson Ross Jersey , Kyle Crick followed in the eighth and Felipe Vazquez allowed a pair of singles in the ninth before retiring Mike Moustakas on a lineout and Domingo Santana on a flyout, and then striking out Jonathan Schoop. Vazquez has 33 saves in 37 chances, including the longest active streak in the major leagues at 23.TRAINER’S ROOMPirates: Reliever Keone Kela won’t pitch again this season. The right-hander worked a scoreless inning in his last appearance on Sept. 3 at Atlanta. His 52 innings are the most since a career-high 60 1/3 in 2015. “Enough has been accomplished,” Hurdle said of Kela’s high-leverage situations and workload. … C Elias Diaz has not played since leaving the game in Atlanta on Aug. 31 with right hamstring discomfort. He has begun running the bases.Brewers: RHP Jimmy Nelson, on the 60-day DL after right shoulder surgery, is to pitch batting practice at the Brewers’ complex in Phoenix.DOUBLE EJECTIONCervelli was at the plate at the time and reacted angrily to a called third strike by plate umpire Tripp Gibson. Both Cervelli and Pirates manager Clint Hurdle were ejected. Hurdle ran out of the dugout to separate Cervelli and Gibson, and crew chief Brian Gorman kept Hurdle away from Gibson as Cervelli finally left the field.STATS LINEYelich became the ninth player in Brewers franchise history to hit 30 home runs and score 100 runs in a season and the first since Ryan Braun did it in 2012.Yelich has reached in 30 consecutive games, the longest current streak in the NL.UP NEXTBrewers RHP Jhoulys Chacin (14-7, 3.54 ERA) is 0-2 with a 2.28 ERA in four starts against Pittsburgh this season. Pirates RHP Trevor Williams (12-9, 3.28 ERA) is 3-0 in his last four road starts going into Sunday and has not allowed a run in three of the four The Oakland A's entered the 2018 season as a presumed also-ran. Now, they're in position to claim one of the American League's top wild-card berths. Heck, they're nipping at the heels of the defending champion Houston Astros for the division lead.It's one of the coolest stories of 2018 and another feather in the small-market Athletics' cap.Assuming Oakland doesn't collapse, AL Manager of the Year is in the bag for Bob Melvin.Other contenders:Alex Cora (BOS), Scott Servais (SEA)National League Rookie of the Year3 of 8Patrick McDermott/Getty ImagesJuan Soto is making the looming post-Bryce Harper era look a lot better for the Washington Nationals.In 74 games, the 19-year-old outfielder is hitting .301 with a .968 OPS and 15 home runs. He's been a revelation in every sense of the word and earned the nickname "Childish Bambino."It's fair to wonder if a teenager who made the jump straight from Double-A to The Show can maintain this pace Allen Craig Jersey , but for now, Soto's star is blasting into the MLB firmament.Other contenders:Ronald Acuna Jr. (ATL), Dereck Rodriguez (SFG), Brian Anderson (MIA), Jack Flaherty (STL)American League Rookie of the Year4 of 8Michael Owens/Getty ImagesThe AL Rookie of the Year race should be a battle of two New York Yankees.In one corner, there's third baseman Miguel Andujar, who's hitting .292 with an .837 OPS and 18 home runs. In the other corner sits second baseman Gleyber Torres, who's hitting .261 with an .827 OPS and 18 homers.It's nearly a statistical draw and will come down to who gets hotter over the final weeks.We'll pick Torres, who was a more hyped prospect entering the season, but Andujar is a dark horse to bet on.Other contenders:Miguel Andujar (NYY), Shohei Ohtani (LAA), Lou Trivino (OAK)National League Cy Young Award5 of 8Patrick McDermott/Getty ImagesMax Scherzer leads MLB in innings pitched (168.2) and strikeouts (227) and ranks second in the National League in ERA (2.19).Not only is Mad Max in line for a fourth career Cy Young Award鈥攈e's garnering MVP chatter.The only wet blanket? The Washington Nationals might miss the playoffs. That's not Scherzer's fault, but it could prevent him from bringing home the Cy Young/MVP combo.Other contenders: Jacob deGrom (NYM), Aaron Nola (PHI)American League Cy Young Award6 of 8Scott Taetsch/Getty ImagesChris Sale gave the Boston Red Sox a scare when he landed on the disabled list with shoulder discomfort, but he returned strong with 12 strikeouts in five innings on Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles.Overall http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-tony-gwynn-jersey , Sale paces the AL in ERA (1.97) and strikeouts (219). He's a dominant ace on the club with baseball's best record."Sale took it to a different level," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of the southpaw's DL-return performance, per Peter Schmuck of the Washington Post. "He was carrying a lot of fastball. The first fastball he threw today was 98 [mph]. The second one was 99. He was throwing a changeup at 88 and 90. That didn't seem fair."Other contenders:Trevor Bauer (CLE), Justin Verlander (HOU), Blake Snell (TBR)National League MVP7 of 8Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesHere's a tough one.This award could go to Scherzer, and that wouldn't be a travesty. Considering the Nats are on the fringe of the playoff picture, however, it doesn't seem especially probable.Instead, let's assume the Braves hang on and claim either the NL's top wild-card spot or the division flag. If so, Freddie Freeman is a solid NL MVP pick.The 28-year-old is hitting .319 with a .928 OPS and 19 home runs. According to FanGraphs' calculation, his 4.7 WAR ranks behind only the St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter (5.1) and the Colorado Rockies' Nolan Arenado (4.8) in the Senior Circuit.Carpenter could be dinged if the Cards miss the playoffs and Arenado could be hurt by the presumed Coors Field affect.If so, look for Freeman to slide in and snag the hardware.Other contenders: Matt Carpenter (STL), Nolan Arenado (COL), Max Scherzer (WAS), Javier Baez (CHI)American League MVP8 of 8Adam Glanzman/Getty ImagesThe AL MVP race is an embarrassment of riches.From the Cleveland Indians http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-dave-winfield-jersey , there's third baseman Jose Ramirez (7.9 WAR) and shortstop Francisco Lindor (6.7 WAR).J.D. Martinez (5.1 WAR) has clubbed an MLB-leading 37 home runs with 104 RBI for the Boston Red Sox.Oh, and let's not forget a fellow by the name of Mike Trout (7.6 WAR), who is having arguably the best season of his venerated MLB career for the Los Angeles Angels.The leader in the clubhouse, though, is Mookie Betts (7.8 WAR).The Red Sox right fielder leads baseball in batting average (.350) and ranks second in on-base percentage (.438) and slugging percentage (.668). In the field, he's posted 11 defensive runs saved and an 8.8 ultimate zone rating.He also plays for the club with the game's best record and is ticketed for the playoffs, while Trout will almost surely watch from the sidelines.Betts will need to keep raking to win the award, but for the moment, it's his to lose.Other contenders:Mike Trout (LAA), Jose Ramirez (CLE), Francisco Lindor (CLE), J.D. Martinez (BOS) All statistics current entering play Tuesday and courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs.

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