Broncos top Raiders...Cards win, help Bucs, Reds clinch...Rays, Rangers win...Tigers fall

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Associated Press

Posted on September 24, 2013 at 1:05 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 24 at 1:05 AM

DENVER (AP) — Peyton Manning has set an NFL record by throwing 12 touchdowns in his first three games, three of which came in Denver's 37-21 win over the Oakland Raiders Monday night. Peyton Manning threw for 374 yards, including scoring strikes to Eric Decker, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas. The Broncos have outscored opponents 127-71 while opening the season 3-0.

UNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals still own a two-game lead in the National League Central after helping Pittsburgh and Cincinnati clinch playoff berths. Carlos Beltran hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer and Adam Wainwright picked up his 18th win as the Cards beat Washington 4-3 to eliminate the Nationals from the postseason race. The Pirates used Starling Marte's two-out homer in the ninth to top the Chicago Cubs 2-1, and the Reds beat the New York Mets 3-2 on Shin-Soo Choo's walkoff single in the bottom of the 10th.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — James Loney hit a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth to give Tampa Bay a 5-4 comeback win over Baltimore, which leaves the Rays one game ahead of idle Cleveland for the two AL wild-card berths. Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 52nd homer while the Orioles were building a 4-2 lead, but Wil Myers knotted the score with a two-run single in the seventh. The Birds finished the game without third baseman Manny Machado, who was carted off the field with a leg injury in the seventh inning.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers clobbered the Houston Astros 12-0 to get within one game of Cleveland for the final American League wild-card berth. Alex Rios became the seventh Rangers player to hit for the cycle when he tripled in the sixth inning. Rios had four RBIs as the Rangers won for only the fourth time in their last 14 games.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Detroit still has a magic number of two for clinching the AL Central following a 4-3 loss at Minnesota. Josmil Pinto won it with an RBI single in the bottom of the 11th after Brian Dozier tied it with a solo blast in the ninth. The Tigers wasted a fine outing by Justin Verlander, who left the game with a 3-0 lead after striking out 12 over six innings.

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