The Dodgers took care of business on Monday night, and their win over the Diamondbacks brought them a couple steps closer to the National League West title. With the Dodgers' win and the Giants' win over the Rockies, both San Francisco and Colorado were mathematically eliminated from winning the division.
Here is a recap of Monday's relevant playoff action.
Dodgers 8, Diamondbacks 1: The power was on full display for Los Angeles on Monday with six home runs by the Dodgers, including a whopping three by Juan Uribe. Ricky Nolasco pitched into the seventh inning and won his seventh straight decision, helping the Dodgers lower their magic number to clinch the NL West to eight.
Giants 3, Rockies 2 (10): A few minutes after the Giants were eliminated from winning the division thanks to the Dodgers' win, Brandon Belt hit a walk-off single with one out in the 10th inning to beat the Rockies. The loss by Colorado eliminated them from winning the division as well.
Braves 5, Marlins 2: Atlanta rallied for five runs in the fourth inning, more than enough for Kris Medlen and the Atlanta bullpen in Miami. The Braves own the best record in baseball and a two-game lead over the Dodgers for the top seed in the NL playoffs.
Pirates 1, Rangers 0: In an interleague contest in Arlington, Pedro Alvarez doubled home Marlon Byrd in the seventh inning against Yu Darvish for the game's only run, leading Pittsburgh to their 82nd win of the season. The Pirates not only clinched their first winning season since 1992, but also pulled to within one game of the Cardinals in the National League Central.
Cubs 2, Reds 0: Travis Wood pitched seven scoreless innings and old friend Kevin Gregg picked up his 32nd save, leading Chicago to a road win in Cincinnati. The Reds, who saw their four-game winning streak snapped on Monday, are now two games behind St. Louis in the NL Central and one game behind Pittsburgh for the first wild card position.
Nationals 9, Mets 0: Though his no-hitter was broken up in the seventh inning, Gio Gonzalez settled for a one-hit shutout to keep Washington's feint playoff hopes alive. The Nationals trail the Braves by 12 games in the National League East and trail the Reds by seven games for the second wild card spot. Washington's elimination numbers are eight for the division and 12 for the wild card.
Tuesday brings a full slate of games. The third-place Padres can be eliminated from winning the NL Wast with a loss in Philadelphia coupled with a Dodgers win over Arizona. Here is a look at relevant games on Tuesday (all times PT):
- 4:05 p.m. - San Diego (Andrew Cashner) at Philadelphia (Tyler Cloyd)
- 4:10 p.m. - Chicago (Edwin Jackson) at Cincinnati (Tony Cingrani)
- 4:10 p.m. - Atlanta (Julio Teheran) at Miami (Tom Koehler)
- 4:10 p.m. - Washington (Jordan Zimmermann) at New York (Dillon Gee)
- 5:05 p.m. - Pittsburgh (Francisco Liriano) at Texas (Martin Perez)
- 5:15 p.m. - Milwaukee (Wily Peralta) at St. Louis (Shelby Miller)
- 7:10 p.m. - Arizona (Trevor Cahill) at Dodgers (Edinson Volquez)