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Mundy night football...Wainwright gets 20th...Bucs keep pace with Cards...Royals in good shape

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 23, 2014 at 12:10 a.m.



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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Ryan Mundy returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown to put the Bears ahead to stay just 32 seconds into a 27-19 victory over the New York Jets at the Meadowlands. Chicago also scored its second TD off a turnover as Jay Cutler hit Martellus Bennett for a seven-yard score after the Jets fumbled a punt. Cutler was 23 of 38 for 225 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Bennett.

CHICAGO (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright has joined Clayton Kershaw as the majors' only 20-game winners by pitching three-hit ball over seven innings of an 8-0 shutout of the Cubs in Chicago. Jon Jay had three RBIs to help the NL Central leaders stay 2 1/2 games ahead of the Pirates with five games remaining.

ATLANTA (AP) — Pittsburgh has opened a five-game lead over Milwaukee in the battle for an NL wild-card berth by blanking the Braves 1-0 in Atlanta. Andrew McCutchen hit a sixth-inning homer to back Francisco Liriano, who struck out seven while surrendering just three hits in six innings.

UNDATED (AP) — The Tigers' lead in the American League Central is down to one game over Kansas City after Chris Bassitt pitched into the eighth inning and Tyler Flowers belted a two-run homer in the Chicago White Sox's 2-0 shutout of Detroit. The Royals dropped the completion of their suspended game 4-3 before Danny Duffy led the Royals to a 2-0 shutout of the Indians in the regularly-scheduled game, allowing six hits in as many innings. The Royals have a two-game lead over Seattle as they battle Oakland for the two wild-card berths.

UNDATED (AP) — The Oakland Athletics still own sole possession of the AL's top wild-card slot by one game over Kansas City after put together a six-run first inning to beat the Anaheim Angels 8-4. The big rally featured a pair of bases-loaded walks, Geovany Soto's two-run single and a throwing error by third baseman David Freese (freez) that brought home two more runs. Jeff Samardzija allowed an unearned run and five hits in seven innings to get the win.

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