Major-league owners on Wednesday unanimously approved the sale of the Miami Marlins by Jeffrey Loria to an investment group led by Derek Jeter and Bruce Sherman. The deal needed 75 percent approval.

A signed $1.2 billion deal was submitted to Major League Baseball last month to sell the Marlins to a group led by Sherman, a venture capitalist who will be the controlling owner. Jeter, the former New York Yankees captain, plans to be a limited partner in charge of business and baseball operations.

The Marlins have endured another disappointing year and are assured of their eighth consecutive losing season, the longest streak in the majors. They’ll sit out the playoffs for the 14th year in a row, the longest streak in the National League.

Chicago Cubs clinch

Addison Russell hit a three-run homer and John Lackey pitched six strong innings as the Chicago Cubs clinched their second consecutive National League Central title with a 5-1 win over the host St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.

The Cubs reached the postseason for the third straight year for the first time since 1908. They are also the first defending World Series champion to win their division the next season since the 2009 Philadelphia Phillies.

Matt Cain to retire

San Francisco pitcher Matt Cain says he’ll retire after his start at home on Saturday against San Diego.

Cain, 32, a three-time All-Star, pitched the first perfect game in Giants history in 2012.

Cain, 3-11 this season, made his big-league debut with the Giants in 2005. He pitched in two of the Giants’ three winning World Series appearances since 2010.

Mr. September

Arizona Diamondbacks slugger J.D. Martinez hit a solo shot in the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants, tying Pittsburgh Pirates’ Ralph Kiner’s 1949 National League record with his 16th homer in September.

The major-league record for September homers is 17, by the Yankees’ Babe Ruth in 1927 and the Indians’ Albert Belle in 1995.

Altuve hits No. 200

Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve reached 200 hits for the fourth year in a row.

With his single in the first inning of Wednesday’s game at Texas, Altuve became only the fourth right-handed hitter in major-league history with four consecutive 200-hit seasons.

Around the bases

Los Angeles Dodgers veteran first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is expected to miss the postseason with back tightness. ... The Detroit Tigers signed Pedro Martinez Jr., 17, son of the hall of famer, to a minor-league deal. ... Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre (strained left hamstring) is done for the season. ... Seat­tle Mariners outfielder Guillermo Heredia will have surgery to repair a right shoulder injury that has bothered him all season.