The cardinals are definitively in the driver's seat for the second National League wildcard spot with a big win over the Astros Tuesday night.
The Brewers and Dodgers did their part by turning in losses that leave the Redbirds 4 1/2 games ahead with a week of games left.
Meanwhile, the Birds' mission was focused by Freddie Freeman's walk off homer that secured berth for the Braves. Any combination of four wins for the Cardinals or losses by the Brewers and Dodgers puts the Cardinals in a one-game playoff in Atlanta.
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