CC Sabathia and Ryan Braun put the Milwaukee Brewers in the playoffs for the first time since 1982 - with big help from the New York Mets.
Making his third consecutive start on three days' rest, Sabathia pitched a four-hitter and Braun hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning to lead the Brewers past the Chicago Cubs 3-1 Sunday.
The Brewers, who fired Manager Ned Yost with only two weeks left to go, won the NL wild card less than a half-hour later when the Mets lost to Florida 4-2. Milwaukee (90-72) and New York (89-73) went into the final day of the regular season tied.
"It's our time," Sabathia said, after climbing on top of the Brewers' dugout and showering fans with champagne.
The Brewers will face Philadelphia in the first round of the playoffs. The NL Central champion Cubs will play the Los Angeles Dodgers.