The three division leaders in the National League all won on Monday, so while the Dodgers' third consecutive win kept pace it knocked another day off the schedule in their quest for home field advantage in at least one round of the playoffs.
Here are Tuesday's relevant results.
Dodgers 2, Giants 1: In a game that featured three home runs the Dodgers hit two of them to make a winner out of Hyun-jin Ryu.
Mets 4, Reds 2: A three-run home run by Daniel Murphy keyed a four-run second inning that held up for New York. The loss dropped Cincinnati into the second wild card position, a game back of Pittsburgh.
The Dodgers' magic number to top the Braves is eight, with 10 outcomes remaining (five games for both teams); the Dodgers' tragic number, which would clinch Atlanta having a higher seed, is three.
The Dodgers remain 1½ games behind the Cardinals for the No. 2 seed, and hold the tie-breaker over St. Louis. The Dodgers' magic number to have a higher seed than St. Louis is six; their tragic number is four, with nine outcomes left.
Here is a look at relevant games on Wednesday, including three daytime starts (all times PT):
- 9:35 a.m. - New York (Daisuke Matsuzaka) at Cincinnati (Mat Latos)
- 10:45 a.m. - Washington (Jordan Zimmermann) at St. Louis (Shelby Miller)
- 11:20 a.m. - Pittsburgh (Francisco Liriano) at Chicago (Jake Arrieta)
- 4:10 p.m. - Milwaukee (Kyle Lohse) at Atlanta (Paul Maholm)
- 7:15 p.m. - Dodgers (Ricky Nolasco) at San Francisco (Barry Zito)