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NL wild card standings: And then there were two

The Dodgers won again on Sunday, but so did the Cardinals. There are only two teams left alive in the race for the second wild card, and it soon will be one.

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The Dodgers continued their winning ways on Sunday, clubbing their way to a 7-1 win over the Rockies to complete a weekend sweep. But the Cardinals also won, leaving the Dodgers still two games back in the race for the second National League wild card.

The win by the Cardinals, coupled with the loss by the Brewers eliminated Milwaukee, leaving just two teams vying for the final NL playoff spot.

The Dodgers now need five of six outcomes to go their way just to force a tie with St. Louis. Here are the standings:

National League Second Wild Card Spot
Team W-L Pct GB
St. Louis 86-73 .541 ---
Los Angeles 84-75 .528 2
Dodgers Magic Number: 6
Dodgers Tragic Number: 2

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

Dodgers 7, Rockies 1: Three home runs, all two-run shots by Matt Kemp, Luis Cruz, and A.J. Ellis, gave the Dodgers their fifth straight win.

Cardinals 10, Nationals 4: St. Louis clobbered Ross Detwiler for seven runs in under three innings, trimming their magic number to just two.

Astros 7, Brewers 0: Jordan Lyles pitched a four-hit shutout, driving a nail in Milwaukee's postseason coffin.

Here is Monday's schedule:

  • 5:15 p.m. - Cincinnati (Bronson Arroyo) at St. Louis (Jaime Garcia)
  • 7:10 p.m. - San Francisco (Matt Cain) at Los Angeles (Aaron Harang)