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2014 MLB standings: Dodgers win West and secure first round home field advantage

Jeff Gross

The Dodgers will take a well deserved off day at home after doing what needed to be done in their last two games against the San Francisco Giants.

Wednesday results

Dodgers 9, Giants 1: The Dodgers put together two four-run innings to take a tight 1-1 tie going into the bottom of the sixth into a non-dramatic blowout.  Clayton Kershaw did everything, pitched, played defense, hit and ran.  What he couldn't do, Yasiel Puig and Carl Crawford did.  With the win and losses by the Cardinals and Pirates, the Dodgers clinched the NL West and home field advantage in the Division Series.

Braves 6, Pirates 2: Pittsburgh still has a chance at the NL Central but need to keep winning.  Instead, they fell behind 6 - 0 and Atlanta's bullpen held the Pirates scoreless with Craig Kimbrel picking up his 45th save. 

Cubs 3, Cardinals 1: Jake Arrieta pitched another outstanding game -- going seven innings and striking out ten.  There were two triples by pitchers on Wednesday, one by Clayton Kershaw, the other by Jake Arrieta.  Arrieta drove in two runs to pace the win over the Cardinals.

Nationals at Mets: Postponed. The Nationals magic number remains two to clinch No. 1 seed in the NL.

Brewers 5, Reds 0: Kyle Lohse pitched a complete game shutout over the Reds.  The Brewers need nothing but wins and Giant losses to make playoffs, for one day, that was what happened.

Potential Thursday clinches

The Giants can clinch a playoff spot with a win over the Padres OR a Brewers loss to the Reds.

The Nationals can clinch the NL No. 1 seed by sweeping their doubleheader against the Mets

Thursday's relevant action (all times PT)

9:35 a.m. - Brewers (Yovani Gallardo) at Reds (David Holmberg)

10:05 a.m. - Mets (Dillon Gee) at Nationals (Blake Treinen)

4:05 p.m. - Mets (Zack Wheeler) at Nationals (Gio Gonzalez)

4:10 p.m. - Pirates (Edinson Volquez) at Braves (David Hale)

7:15 p.m. -  Padres (Andrew Cashner) Giants (Yusmeiro Petit)