The Los Angeles Dodgers have been very good this season, but for much of it, they have been trailing the San Francisco Giants. In regards to making themselves assured of a playoff spot, they also happened to fall behind them. Two days behind them. But they are still there well before the rest. They claimed at least a Wild Card berth, like the Giants, by defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-4 on Tuesday night. Max Muncy, Justin Turner, and Will Smith each had two RBI’s and a homer. Speaking of the Giants, they just continued to roll on. They recorded their ninth consecutive win on Tuesday by beating the faltering San Diego Padres 6-1 at home.
Buster Posey homered early and then scored what turned out to be the winning run on a pitching error later on. From there, they just gradually tacked on runs until it was simply too much for the Padres to come back from. The Giants remain 2.5 up on the Dodgers while the Cardinals moved into the #2 NL Wild card spot following the results of the evening. The Padres are behind them by a game, and they have lost five in a row. Over in the American League, the race for the Wild Card is white-hot as well. The Boston Red Sox took on the Mariners in Seattle, and they took the second game of the set 8-4 largely due to the bat of Kyle Schwarber. Pinch-hitting in the top of the eighth, he doubled to bring in three runs. At the time, that put them up 5-2. But they would later get an Alex Verdugo homer and a JD Martinez single before a late comeback attempt from the hosts fell short. After Tuesday, the top three are all tied, with AL East foes Toronto, Boston, and the Yankees all three games clear of Seattle.