The Los Angeles Dodgers were eliminated from playoff contention, their wild-card hopes dashed Tuesday night with a 4-3 loss to Barry Zito and the Giants.
The defeat left the Dodgers two games behind St. Louis with only one game left in the regular season. Los Angeles had won six in a row to stay in the race for the second NL wild-card spot, but Mark Ellis lined out to center field with a runner on second base to end it.
The defending World Series champion Cardinals will open the playoffs Friday at Atlanta in a one-game matchup.
The Giants will open the playoffs at AT&T Park on Saturday against either the Cincinnati Reds or the Washington Nationals, who enter today’s season finale with identical records. The Giants would play the Reds in the division series unless Cincinnati wins and Washington loses.