The Milwaukee Brewers headed to St. Louis still battling for the last available playoff spot.

Milwaukee closed within two games of Colorado for the National League’s second wild card with three games left, rallying to beat the visiting Cincinnati Reds 4-3 Thursday as Brett Phillips hit a go-ahead double in the sixth inning.

“This team is relentless. We keep fighting,” Phillips said. “These are must-win games. Going to St. Louis for three, we owe it to each other to play hard and that’s what we’re going to do.”

Milwaukee (84-75) closes the regular season at St. Louis, and the Rockies host the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Brewers are assured of their best record since finishing 96-66 in 2011.

A’s retain manager

The Oakland Athletics approved a one-year contract extension for manager Bob Melvin, which will take him through the 2019 season.

He had been signed through 2018 in a deal he reached in September 2015. In late July, the 55-year-old earned his 1,000th managerial win.

Melvin previously managed the Mariners and Diamondbacks, then took over guiding the A’s during the 2011 season following the firing of Bob Geren. Oakland could finish last in the AL West for a third straight season after three consecutive playoff years.

Striking out all over

Major League Baseball hitters have once again swung — and missed — into the record book.

For the 10th straight year, MLB batters have set the mark for most strikeouts in a season. They did it Wednesday, raising the whiff total to 39,168. That topped the 38,982 who fanned in 2016. New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge has fanned the most often, 204 times. He’s also hit 50 home runs, helping MLB set a record for the highest homer total in a season.

Bryce Harper rests

Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper is out of the starting lineup because he feels sore after returning from a left knee injury that sidelined him for about a quarter of the season.

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said before Washington’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday that there is nothing new that cropped up with the 2015 NL MVP and no reason to be alarmed.

Baker plans to have Harper play in the team’s remaining three regular-season games Friday through Sunday.

New stadium planned

The Texas Rangers held a groundbreaking ceremony for their $1.1 billion retractable-roof stadium that is scheduled to open in time for the 2020 season.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred joined Rangers ownership and city officials for the ceremony Thursday in Arlington, Texas, across the street from the current stadium where the team has played since 1994.

Manfred said the new Globe Life Field will be perfect for events such as an All-Star Game.