NL playoff standings: Cardinals extend lead in Central

Dustin Bradford

Since Aug. 10, the Cardinals have turned a four-game deficit into a two-game lead.

The St. Louis Cardinals extended their lead over the Pittsburgh Pirates to two games in the National League Central with a 4-3 win over the Colorado Rockies, coupled with the Bucs' 3-2 loss to the San Diego Padres.

The two-game advantage is the Cards' largest since July 26, when they held a 2½-game lead after winning five of their first six games following the All-Star break. St. Louis has managed a six-game swing since Aug. 10, when it trailed Pittsburgh by four in the division standings.

The Atlanta Braves moved a game closer to clinching the NL East by beating the Washington Nationals, 5-2. With the loss, the Nats fell to 5½ games behind the Cincinnati Reds, who needed 13 innings before taking care of business against the Houston Astros in the Wild Card race. The Reds trail the Pirates by a half-game for the top Wild Card spot.

The Los Angeles Dodgers failed to clinch the NL West on Wednesday after losing to the Arizona Diamondbacks, 9-4.

Here are the updated NL Central and Wild Card standings:

NL Central Standings

St. Louis 89 63 .585 --- Won 2
Pittsburgh 87 65 .572 2 Lost 3
Cincinnati 87 66 .565 2.5 Won 2

National League Wild Card Standings

Pittsburgh 87 65 .572 +1 Lost 3
Cincinnati 87 66 .565 --- Won 2
Washington 81 71 .532 5.5 Lost 1
Arizona 77 74 .506 9 Lost 1

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