Pedro Alvarez knocked in three runs tonight in the 8-2 win over the Cubs. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Last night the Pirates and Reds clinched the playoffs. Now the only races to watch are the NL Central race, and who will get home field in the Wild Card game. The Cardinals won again tonight as Michael Wacha came one out away from a no hitter. They kept their two game lead, and as outlined below, it will be hard to catch them in their final four games. The Pirates beat up on the Cubs, while the Reds lost to the Mets 4-2, with Vic Black getting his first career save. That combo puts the Pirates one game up in the Wild Card race for home field advantage.
NL Central
Cardinals 2, Nationals 0

Pirates 8, Cubs 2

Mets 4, Reds 2

The Cardinals retained their two game lead in the NL Cen...

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