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2014 MLB standings: NL playoff teams could be set Tuesday

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After a relatively light Monday that saw the Dodgers lose a game in the standings, playoff drive is back in full swing on Tuesday.

Monday results

Giants 5, Dodgers 2 (13): The Dodgers wasted a one-hit performance by Dan Haren in seven innings thanks to sloppy defense and a mostly quiet offense that was held without a base hit for the final 23 batters of the game. Four of the Dodgers' nine losses to the Giants this season have been in extra innings.

Pirates 1, Braves 0: A sixth-inning home run by Andrew McCutchen was all Pittsburgh needed, thanks to six scoreless innings and seven strikeouts from Francisco Liriano. The Pirates' last three games have ended with 1-0 scores, the last two in their favor.

Cardinals 8, Cubs 0: Soon-to-be third-place Cy Young finisher Adam Wainwright pitched seven scoreless innings to win his 20th game. St. Louis pulled to within a game of the Dodgers for the No. 2 seed, though Los Angeles holds the tiebreaker.

Potential Tuesday clinches

Both the Pirates and Giants can clinch a playoff spot on Tuesday night. Both would need a win and a Brewers loss to the Reds.

Tuesday's relevant action (all times PT)

4:05 p.m. - Mets (Bartolo Colon) at Nationals (Tanner Roark)

4:10 p.m. - Brewers (Mike Fiers) at Reds (Johnny Cueto)

Cueto (228 strikeouts) seems likely to catch or pass Stephen Strasburg (235), setting the bar for Clayton Kershaw (228), who on Wednesday will try to grab the National League strikeout lead for the first time since Opening Day.

4:10 p.m. - Pirates (Gerrit Cole) at Braves (Alex Wood)

5:05 p.m. - Cardinals (Shelby Miller) at Cubs (Kyle Hendricks)

7:10 p.m. - Giants (Madison Bumgarner) at Dodgers (Zack Greinke)