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MLB standings 2014: Dodgers, Giants getting closer in NL West

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The Dodgers got blown out for a second straight day in Colorado, and with a Giants win in Arizona saw the National League West shrink to a two-game lead. But it wasn't all bad for Los Angeles, which saw its magic number for at least a Wild Card berth shrink to four.

Wednesday results

Rockies 16, Dodgers 2: This game was over almost before it started, with the first seven batters getting a hit off Carlos Frias, and 11 of the first 12 batters got hits in an eight-run first inning.

Giants 4, Diamondbacks 2: Rookie pinch hitter Matt Duffy hit a two-run single in the ninth inning to pull San Francisco within two games in the NL West.

Braves 3, Nationals 1: Atlanta got a win over the day-after-clinch Washington lineup.

Pirates 9, Red Sox 1: Pittsburgh widened its Wild Card lead over the Brewers with another blowout home win over Boston.

Cardinals 2, Brewers 0: St. Louis not only got a shutout from Adam Wainwright, but also saw their ace break up Mike Fiers' no-hitter in the sixth inning. Milwaukee's loss lowered the Dodgers' magic number for a playoff spot to four.

The earliest the Dodgers can clinch a playoff berth is Friday.

Thursday's relevant action (all times PT)

4:05 p.m. - Red Sox (Brandon Workman) at Pirates (Gerrit Cole)

4:10 p.m. - Nationals (Gio Gonzalez) at Marlins (Brad Hand)

5:05 p.m. - Dodgers (Zack Greinke) at Cubs (Tsuyoshi Wada)

5:15 p.m. - Brewers (Kyle Lohse) at Cardinals (Shelby Miller)