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Cardinals earn postseason berth with 5-2 win over Brewers

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.

St. Louis Cardinals' Harrison Bader celebrates as he rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP PhotoJeff Roberson)

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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Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Eric Yardley throws during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP PhotoJeff Roberson)

St. Louis Cardinals' Harrison Bader loses his helmet on his way to a triple during the third inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP PhotoJeff Roberson)

Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Avisail Garcia slams into the outfield wall after catching a fly ball by St. Louis Cardinals' Paul DeJong for an out during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP PhotoJeff Roberson)