New York, Sept. 25--The flag battle crystallized into one of the closest last minute fights in National League History today when the second place Cardinals beat Pittsburgh, 3 to 2, after the Giants were blanked 4-0, by the Phillies.
New York has only three more games to play, and the Cardinals have five. The Giants now must sweep those three games to tie for the pennant, in case the the Cards win their remaining five. In case of a tie, the clubs would be forced into a three-game play-off on a neutral diamond as near as possible to Detroit. The Giants play the Phillies again tomorrow. They rest Thursday and Friday then meet Brooklyn Saturday and Sunday, the last two days of the season. Meanwhile, the Cards play the Pirates again tomorrow and meet Cincinnati in four games, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Dizzy Dean, elder of the two pitching Dean brothers, pitched the Cards to victory today over the Pirates, allowing the latter six scattered hits. It was his 28th victory of the season. Pittsburgh's tallies came in the ninth when Arky Vaughan drove out a home run with Paul Waner aboard.
Larry French limited the Cards to five safeties, but three of these were bunched in the first inning for the three St. Louis runs. Rothrock got on base on Vaughans' low throw. Frisch doubled, Rothrock taking third. Rothrock scored on Medwick's single, Frisch going to third. Collins doubled, scoring Frisch, and putting Medwick on third. Virgil Davis long fly to center scored Medwick.
Cart Davis held the faltering Giants to four futile safeties, as his Phillie mates banged Fitzsimmons, Al Smith and Luque for 11. Singles by Wilson, Bartell, and Chiozza and Mancuso's passed ball resulted in two Philadelphia runs in the third. Two more runs came in the fourth. Chiozza led the Phils' attack with three hits in four attempts.
Boston's Braves came from behind to beat Brooklyn, 9-6, with a three-run spurt in the ninth. The Dodgers collected 15 hits off Frankhouse and Mangum, while the Braves garnered 14 off Benge, Clark and Zachary, Benge and Berger made Boston homers, and Frey contributed one for the Dodgers.
In the American circuit, Lou Gehrig celebrated his 1,500th consecutive regular major league game by driving out his 48th home run of the season as the New York Yankees blanked Connie Mack's Athletics, 5-0.