Cardinals lose but clinch playoff spot anyway

Giants win in L.A.
Cardinals lose but clinch playoff spot anyway

The St. Louis Cardinals clinched baseball’s final postseason berth Tuesday night when the Los Angeles Dodgers lost to San Francisco.

The defending World Series champions were beaten by Cincinnati 3-1 but wrapped up the second NL wild card hours later when the Giants won 4-3 at Dodger Stadium. St. Louis will play at Atlanta on Friday in the new one-game playoff between wild-card teams.

The Dodgers’ loss left them two games behind St. Louis with one game to go.

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