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NL playoffs standings: Braves and Cardinals increase their leads

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Pirates lose first of six against the Reds, Braves reduce their magic number to 1

Billy Hamilton is about to slide in with tying run in the 9th
Billy Hamilton is about to slide in with tying run in the 9th
Justin K. Aller

The Braves, Cardinals and Reds won in their last at bats, the Dodgers had their we just won the division lineup playing and lost falling a game back in the race for best record.

Here are quick recaps of Friday's relevant action.

Padres 2, Dodgers 0, Diamondbacks 6: Dodgers couldn't score with their we just used a lot of September call-ups lineup and fell another game back in their race to get home field for NLDS.

Cardinals 7, Brewers 6 (10 innings): Cardinals scored on a Carlos Beltran sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th to win.

Reds 6, Pirates 5 (10 innings):  The Pirates lost a 9th inning lead for the second time in 3 games as the Reds scored 3 in the 9th to tie and then won it on a Joe Votto home run.

Braves 9, Cubs 5:  With the game tied at 5 going into the 9th, the Braves scored 4 runs off Kevin Gregg to move closer to another NL East title.

Nationals 8, Marlins 0Jordan Zimmermann won his 19th game but the Nationals saw their elimination move down to 4 with 8 games to play.

Here is a look at relevant games on Friday:

  • 1:05 p.m. - Atlanta (Kris Medlen) at Chicago (Travis Wood)
  • 4:05 p.m. - Miami (Tom Koehler) at Washington (Stephen Strasburg)
  • 4:05 p.m. - Cincinnati (Homer Bailey) at Pittsburgh (A.J. Burnett)
  • 4:10 p.m. - St. Louis (Lance Lynn) at Milwaukee (Yovani Gallardo)
  • 5:40 p.m. - Los Angeles (Clayton Kershaw) at San Diego (Burch Smith)