Harrison Bader tripled and homered to help the St. Louis Cardinals clinch a postseason berth on the final day of the regular season with a 5-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.
St. Louis (30-28) will be the fifth seed in the NL and will open a three-game wild-card series at San Diego on Wednesday. By winning, the Cardinals avoided having to travel to Detroit for two makeup games Monday.
The Brewers (29-31) also would have locked up a spot with a victory but weren't eliminated by the loss. Milwaukee would still qualify for the postseason if the Giants lost to the Padres on Sunday. San Diego led 5-4 entering the ninth inning.
Milwaukee hasn't had a winning record at any point this season. They would be the first team ever to qualify for the playoffs with a losing mark.
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