In a matchup of the top two clubs in the National League West, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants did battle again on Tuesday night, with Don Mattingly‘s club coming out on top by a 4-2 margin thanks to a pair of home runs by Justin Turner, who accounted for half of his team’s RBIs.
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With the win, Los Angeles’ magic number falls to one with another game at Dodger Stadium set for Wednesday night, giving the Dodgers a chance to clinch the NL West title against their division foe at home.
The Chicago Cubs walked-off against the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals, thanks to an RBI single off the bat of Welington Castillo in the bottom of the tenth, helping keep the division title hopes alive for the Pittsburgh Pirates, who topped the Braves by a 3-2 margin.
In other action with playoff implications, Pittsburgh clinched a postseason berth – although their sights remain set on potentially dethroning the Cardinals in the Central, although it remains a long-shot – Miguel Cabrera‘s walk-off single kept the Tigers’ lead in the division at one game over the Kansas City Royals and the American League Wild Card race tightened, with the Royals winning and Oakland and Seattle losing. Currently the Athletics and Kansas City are set for the one-game playoff in early October.
Here’s more from around the league:
“Welington Castillo, Cubs walk-off against St. Louis” – Cubbies Crib
“Orange is the new black: Rivalry hotter than ever in Dodgers’ win” – Lasorda’s Lair
“Sonny Gray sets career-high in loss” – Swingin’ A’s
“Miggy’s heroics lift Tigers to win late” – Motor City Bengals
“Pirates’ postseason champagne on ice” – Rum Bunter
“Wood’s season full of ups-and-downs for Cubs” – Cubbies Crib