Three teams are competing for two spots in the National League Wild Card Game. All of the teams are within a game of each other with less than three weeks to go this season, and all three of them lost during afternoon tilts on Wednesday.

Cardinals allow Cubs to clinch playoff spot

The St. Louis Cardinals were completely dominated at home by the Chicago Cubs, suffering a shutout loss by the score of 7-0 that allowed the Cubs to clinch a spot in the playoffs.

Anthony Rizzo hit two home runs for Chicago, while pitcher Jon Lester only allowed four baserunners through eight stellar, shutout innings.

Cardinals starting pitcher Carlos Martinez saw his record drop to 14-8 as he gave up four runs on the day. The loss assured the Cardinals of a losing record at home for the first time in 17 years, a disappointing development for one of the best baseball towns in the United States.

Giants finish disappointing series with Padres

While there's no shame in losing to the Cubs, the best team in baseball by a country mile, losing key games at home to the San Diego Padres is a different story. That's been the case for the San Francisco Giants this week, as they were swept by the fourth-worst team in baseball.

Giants ace Madison Bumgarner was going for his 100th career victory, but failed to get the job done against the Padres, as the Giants lacked any run support for their pitcher and lost 3-1.

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This was the second time the lowly Padres managed to sweep the Giants this season, and the first time they were able to do it in San Francisco since 2010. If there was any good news for the Giants, it was the return of first baseman Brandon Belt to the lineup; Belt had missed the previous game with an undisclosed illness.

Mets fall in rubber game to Nationals

Robert Gsellman, who has been a surprisingly solid starter for the New York Mets since being called up for emergency duty, did his job once again, shutting out the Nationals for seven innings.

Relief pitcher Fernando Salas gave up a home run to catcher Wilson Ramos, though, leading to a 1-0 victory for the Washington Nationals.

The Mets bats were completely shut down by Tanner Roark, an unexpected contender for the NL Cy Young Award. Mark Melancon, who gave up the winning home run to T.J. Rivera the night before, recorded the final out against Rivera to pick up the save for the Nationals, who are on the verge of clinching the NL East.

Current Wild Card picture

After Wednesday's games, the Giantshave the inside track for the top Wild Card spotand the honor of hosting the NL Wild Card Game. They have a half game lead over the New York Mets, who in turn are edging out the Cardinals for the last spot by a half game. The NL Wild Card picture should be clearer by the end of the weekend - the Cardinals and Giants are playing four consecutive games against one another, while the Mets have no games remaining against teams with winning records for the remainder of the season.

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