The Dodgers won on Friday but the pursuit of the top spot in the National League was thwarted by another Nationals victory. The Dodgers will settle for the No. 2 seed and will host the NL Central winner in the NLDS, beginning Friday at Dodger Stadium.
Dodgers 7, Rockies 4: A six-run rally in the sixth inning gave the Dodgers a third straight victory for a 14th time in 2014. Two of the 14 streaks have extended beyond three games - six games once, and four games another time.
Cardinals 7, Diamondbacks 6 (10): Arizona rallied to tie with three runs in the eighth, but the Cardinals were able to keep their division lead with thanks to Jhonny Peralta's go-ahead hit in the 10th inning. The magic number for St. Louis to clinch the division is two.
Ian Kennedy pitched seven strong innings to lead San Diego, and ensured San Francisco of playing the Wild Card Game on the road, either in Pittsburgh or St. Louis.:
Saturday's relevant action (all times PT)
10:05 a.m. - Francisco Liriano) at Reds (Alfredo Simon)
1:05 p.m. - Nathan Eovaldi) at (Stephen Strasburg)(
Strasburg has 235 strikeouts, four shy of Clayton Kershaw for the National League lead.
1:05 p.m. - Padres (Eric Stults) at Giants (Jake Peavy)
5:10 p.m. - Lance Lynn) at (Wade Miley)(
St. Louis can clinch the NL Central on Saturday with win and a Pittsburgh loss.
6:10 p.m. -( ) at Dodgers (Dan Haren)