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NL Wild Card Sunday Standings: St. Louis Strengthens Position

All hands on deck for the Dodgers with 10 days left.
All hands on deck for the Dodgers with 10 days left.

The Dodgers took a step backward on Saturday with their loss in Cincinnati, while the St. Louis Cardinals strengthened their hold on the second wild card in the National League as their three closest pursuers all lost.

Here is a recap of the relevant Saturday's game action:

National League Wild Card Standings
Team W-L Pct GB
Atlanta 87-65 .572 +6
St. Louis 81-71 .533 ---
Milwaukee 78-73 .517
Los Angeles 78-74 .513 3
Philadelphia 77-75 .507 4
Arizona 76-75 .503
Dodgers Magic Number: 14
Dodgers Tragic Number: 8

Reds 6, Dodgers 0: The Dodgers did very little against Mat Latos, who threw eight shutout innings. With the win, Cincinnati won the National League Central.

Cardinals 5, Cubs 4 (10): Down by a run in the ninth inning, Carlos Beltran hit a game-tying home run against Carlos Marmol. One inning later, John Jay doubled home what proved to be the winning run for St. Louis.

Nationals 10, Brewers 4: Milwaukee is human after all.

Braves 8, Phillies 2: Roy Halladay of all people got rocked for seven runs while recording only five outs.

Diamondbacks 8, Rockies 7: Aaron Hill hit a three-run triple to key a five-run fifth inning, and Arizona is back over .500.

Here is Sunday's schedule:

  • 11:20 a.m. - St. Louis (Kyle Lohse) at Chicago (Justin Germano)
  • 10:35 a.m. - Milwaukee (Yovani Gallardo) at Washington (Chien-Ming Wang)
  • 5:05 p.m. - Los Angeles (Aaron Harang?) at Cincinnati (Homer Bailey)
  • 10:35 a.m. - Atlanta (Tim Hudson) at Philadelphia (Cliff Lee)
  • 12:10 p.m. - Arizona (Ian Kennedy) at Colorado (Jeff Francis)