In the race for home field advantage, the Cardinals are one game ahead of the Dodgers for the second seed in the National League, but Los Angeles does hold the tiebreaker over St. Louis, having bested the Redbirds in four of the seven head-to-head meetings this season.
Here is a recap of Tuesday's relevant action.
Matt Kemp returned to the Dodgers starting lineup in the fifth spot of the batting order and kicked off a perfect four-for-four night by doubling home the first two runs of the game in the first inning, as Los Angeles bushwhacked the Diamondbacks in Arizona. The win reduced the Dodgers' magic number to clinch the NL West Division title to two, which means a win in either remaining game of the series in Phoenix would end the division race.:
Craig Kimbrel blown save and a walkoff fielding error by sure-handed shortstop Andrelton Simmons.: . It's quite likely too little too late as the Nats still trail the Braves by eight games with only 11 left to play, plus 4½ back in the race for the second wild card. The opener was a comeback win for Washington who trailed by two entering the bottom of ninth, but that inning featured the rare conflagration of a
Matt Holliday enjoyed a perfect night with a homer, a double and two singles.11, Rockies 4: . The Cards plated the first ten runs of the game and
5, 2: . The loss dropped the Pirates into second place in the NL Central.
Astros 0: Jay Bruce drove in the first run of the game with a single and later added a grand-slam home run as Cincinnati capped the Astros in Houston. With ten runs of support, starting pitcher Mike Leake cruised through eight innings of five-hit ball for the win.10,
Here is a look at relevant games scheduled for Wednesday (all times PT):
- 4:05 P.M. - Atlanta (Alex Wood) at Washington (Ross Ohlendorf)
- 4:05 P.M. - San Diego (Tyson Ross) at Pittsburgh (Charlie Morton)
- 5:10 P.M. - Cincinnati (Greg Reynolds) at Houston (Brad Peacock)
- 5:40 P.M. - St. Louis (Adam Wainwright) at Colorado (Tyler Chatwood)
- 7:10 P.M. - Dodgers (Stephen Fife) at Arizona (Brandon McCarthy)