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St. Louis, the defending World Series champion, beat Cincinnati 4-2 to clinch at least a tie for the second wild card. One loss by the Dodgers to San Francisco or another Cardinals win would lock up a playoff berth for St. Louis.

Division champion Cincinnati is tied with Washington for the best record in the National League. The Reds must finish with a better mark than the Nationals to earn home-field advantage throughout the postseason because Washington won the season series.

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San Francisco already has already clinched the division title and will open the playoffs at home Saturday against Cincinnati or Washington. Los Angeles beat the Giants 3-2 Monday night to stay alive in the wild-card race. The Dodgers are two games behind St. Louis with two to play.