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MLB standings: Dodgers locked in as No. 2 seed, will host NL Central winner in NLDS

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Friday results

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.

Nationals 4, Marlins 0 (Game 1); Marlins 15, Nationals 7 (Game 2): Doug Fister threw a three-hit shutout with nine strikeouts to win the early game for Washington and clinch the No. 1 seed, meaning home field advantage in the NLDS and NLCS.

Pirates 3, Reds 1: A two-run rally in the eighth inning assured Pittsburgh of at least one playoff home game, either hosting the Giants in the Wild Card Game on Wednesday or perhaps in the NLDS as NL Central champions, if they can close the one-game gap on St. Louis.

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.

Padres 4, Giants 1: 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. - Pirates (Francisco Liriano) at Reds (Alfredo Simon)

1:05 p.m. - Marlins (Nathan Eovaldi) at Nationals (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. - Cardinals (Lance Lynn) at Diamondbacks (Wade Miley)

St. Louis can clinch the NL Central on Saturday with win and a Pittsburgh loss.

6:10 p.m. - Rockies (Eddie Butler) at Dodgers (Dan Haren)