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MLB standings 2014: Dodgers and Giants both lose, magic number now 5

Paco Rodriguez was a bright spot in Saturday's game
Paco Rodriguez was a bright spot in Saturday's game
Tasos Katopodis

The Dodgers blew a big opportunity but they did get some great news on Saturday night. Wins by the Nationals and Cardinals had a negative affect on the Dodger chances of having home field advantage during the NL playoffs.  But the the Giants fell short in the 9th inning to reduce the Dodger magic number to five.

Saturday's results

Cubs 8, Dodgers 7: The less that is said about what happened at the Friendly Confines is the better.  Instead I'd rather listen to Jimmy Pardo's favorite group sing one of their classic hits.

Nationals 3, Marlins 2:  The Nationals entered the top of the 7th trailing 2-0 but triples by Ryan Zimmerman and Asdrubal Cabrera tied the score and a Denard Span single drove in the go-ahead run.  Drew Storen got a double play ball with the tying run on third base to save the game.

Cardinals 8, Reds 4:  Three home runs paced the Cardinals to an easy win over the Reds.  Michael Wacha made 78 pitches but couldn't finish the 5th inning.  Tony Cruz, Kolten Wong and Randal Grichuk were the Cardinal home run hitters.  The Cardinal magic number to clinch the NL Central fell to five.

Brewers 1, Pirates 0:  The Brewers playoff odds are not great but they stayed alive by taking a 1-0 shutout over the Pirates.  In the 5th inning, Brewer starting pitcher Matt Garza was ejected after hitting Andrew McCutchen for the second time in the game.  Both parties later said that neither HBP was intentional but the umpire saw it differently.

The game remained scoreless until the top of the 9th when the Brewers loaded the bases with one out, Logan Schafer hit a sacrifice fly to score the only run of the game.

Padres 3, Giants 2Andrew Cashner took a 2-hit shutout to the top of the 9th inning but he exited after giving up a Hunter Pence solo home run and then Joe Panick singled.  The Giants would score one more but Brandon Crawford flied out to left to give the Padres the win.

Sunday's relevant action (all times PT)

10:10 a.m. - Nationals (Stephen Strasburg) at Marlins (Nathan Eovaldi)

10:35 a.m. - Brewers (Wily Peralta) at Pirates (Vance Worley)

11:20 a.m. - Dodgers (Jamey Wright) at Cubs (Jacob Turner)

1:10 p.m. - Giants (Ryan Vogelsong) at Padres (Ian Kennedy)

5:00 p.m. - Reds (Alfredo Simon) at Cardinals (Lance Lynn)