By The Associated Press
MILWAUKEE -- CC Sabathia pitched a four-hitter and Ryan Braun hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning, leading the Milwaukee Brewers over the Chicago Cubs 3-1 Sunday and into the playoffs for the first time since 1982.
The Brewers, who fired manager Ned Yost with only two weeks left to go, won the NL wild card less than a half-hour later when the New York Mets lost to Florida 4-2. Milwaukee (90-72) and New York (89-73) went into the final day of the regular season tied.
The Brewers will face Philadelphia in the first round of the playoffs. The NL Central champion Cubs will play the Los Angeles Dodgers,
Sabathia (11-2) pitched his NL-leading seventh complete game -- those came in just 17 starts after the Brewers got the big lefty in July from Cleveland. The only run he allowed was unearned after an error by first baseman Prince Fielder, and he finished with a 1.65 ERA for the Brewers.
The Brewers couldn't get much going offensively until Braun's towering two-run homer off Bob Howry (7-5) broke a 1-all tie.
Marlins 4, Mets 2
NEW YORK (AP) -- Scott Schoeneweis and Luis Ayala served up back-to-back homers in the eighth inning that put the Marlins ahead, and the Mets missed the playoffs after another September slide and a loss in the final game at Shea Stadium.
It was an eerily similar scenario to last year, when New York lost at home to Florida on the final day of season, ending their playoff hopes.
Pinch-hitter Wes Helms homered off Schoeneweis (2-6) to start the eighth, snapping a 2-all tie. Dan Uggla connected against Ayala.
Joe Nelson (3-1) struck out two in a perfect seventh and Matt Lindstrom earned his fifth save.
Missing injured closer Billy Wagner for the final two months, the Mets finished with 29 blown saves, including 16 since the All-Star break -- most in the National League, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Phillies 8, Nationals 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Lou Marson and Matt Stairs hit back-to-back homers for the NL East-champion Phillies, who rested their regulars in a win over Washington.
Cole Hamels was scheduled to pitch, but took the day off to rest for his Game 1 start in the division series on Wednesday. Manager Charlie Manuel said he was undecided about his Game 2 starter and might wait until Monday to announce one.
Les Walrond (1-1) earned his first major league victory, with the loss going to Odalis Perez (7-12), who left with nausea after 3 2-3 innings.
The Nationals (59-102) finished with the worst record in the majors and said they will not bring back five coaches next year.
Giants 3, Dodgers 1
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Giants ace Tim Lincecum matched his career high with 13 strikeouts to finish with a majors-best 265 in a win over the NL West champion Dodgers.
Los Angeles concluded its division championship season at 84-78 and will face the NL Central champion Chicago Cubs starting Wednesday at Wrigley Field.
Lincecum (18-5), who also struck out 13 on July 26 against Arizona, recorded strikeouts for the first nine outs of the game -- the first time that's happened since the Mets' Sid Fernandez did so on July 30, 1986, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Hiroki Kuroda, the Dodgers' Game 3 playoff starter, pitched five scoreless innings with two hits and three strikeouts and didn't walk a batter. Chan Ho Park (4-4) took the loss.
Astros 3, Braves 1
HOUSTON (AP) -- Brad Ausmus hit a two-run homer in his final game with Houston, and Wandy Rodriguez (9-7) struck out six in seven strong innings before Jose Valverde shut out the Braves in the ninth to tie a franchise record with his 44th save.
Chipper Jones secured his first NL batting title, walking in his only at-bat. Jones hit a career-high .364 to edge Albert Pujols and become the NL's first switch-hitting batting champion since Terry Pendleton won in his 1991 MVP season for Atlanta.
Mike Hampton (3-4) took the loss for the Braves, who finished 72-90 -- their worst record since going 65-97 in 1990. The next year, Atlanta began its run of 14 straight division titles.
Cardinals 11, Reds 4
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Felipe Lopez drove in three runs and Brad Thompson threw five effective innings, helping the Cardinals end the year on a season-best six game winning streak.
Ryan Ludwick had his 37th home run of the season to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead after one inning and Troy Glaus added his 27th homer in a six-run third against Adam Pettyjohn (0-1).
Thompson (6-3) gave up three runs -- two on a homer by Edwin Encarnacion -- on four hits. He got the start after right-hander Kyle Lohse was a late scratch.
Albert Pujols was pulled for a pinch runner after doubling in a run during the third. He finished 1-for-2 and ended the year with team highs in RBIs (116) and batting average (.357).
Diamondbacks 2, Rockies 1
PHOENIX (AP) -- Randy Johnson pitched a two-hitter in what might have been his final appearance with the Diamondbacks. The 45-year-old Johnson, a five-time Cy Young Award winner whose contract expires after this season, earned his 295th career win.
The Diamondbacks won it in the ninth when Luis Vizcaino (1-2) issued a bases-loaded walk to Chris Young, who had tied the game with a solo homer in the eighth off Manuel Corpas.
Fueled by several standing ovations, Johnson (11-10) returned to his once-dominant form, allowing only an unearned run and two singles to Troy Tulowitzki. He walked one and struck out nine in his second complete game this season.
Pirates 6, Padres 1
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Adam LaRoche and Steve Pearce hit consecutive homers in the fourth inning and the Pirates won a matchup of last-place clubs.
The Padres brought up the rear in the West at 63-99, their worst finish since 1993. The Pirates finished last in the NL Central at 67-95, and tied the 1933-48 Phillies' major league record of 16 consecutive losing seasons -- the longest losing run in any of the four major pro sports leagues.
Tyler Yates (6-3) got the win after striking out the side in the eighth. Wade LeBlanc (1-3) took the loss.