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Washington vs. St. Louis: Cardinals look to inch closer to playoff spot, prevent Nats division title

Sunday in St. Louis, the Cardinals look to inch closer to a playoff spot while also preventing their opponent, the Washington Nationals, from clinching a surprising division title.

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Sunday in St. Louis, the Cardinals look to inch closer to a playoff spot while also preventing their opponent, the Washington Nationals, from clinching a surprising division title. St. Louis' magic number for grabbing a playoff spot remains at three after Saturday's loss. A Nationals victory would give Washington the National League East title.

Lance Lynn (17-7, 3.69 ERA) will take the hill for St. Louis. After a brief stint in the bullpen, Lynn has won all three of his starts, compiling a 0.93 ERA with 21 strikeouts to just six walks. This will be the right-hander's first career start against the Nationals.

Lefty Ross Detwiler (10-7, 3.28 ERA), a St. Louis native, will be on the mound for Washington. Detwiler is coming off a rough outing against the Phillies in which he allowed five runs in five innings of work, including his first home runs surrendered since Aug 22.

Washington's win on Saturday improved the Nationals record to 6-17 in St. Louis since the 2005 season.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. CT from Busch Stadium.