M.L.B. Playoff Races: Brewers Take Care of Business

Milwaukee’s win combined with a Cardinals loss gave the Brewers some cushion in the race for the N.L. wild-card.

Jesus Aguilar, right, had a big day for the Brewers, with two hits, including a three-run homer.CreditCreditJeff Hanisch/USA Today Sports, via Reuters

With less than two weeks remaining in the regular season, 12 teams entered Wednesday’s games within five games of the 10 playoff spots. The Boston Red Sox once again failed to clinch the A.L. East, the St. Louis Cardinals’ three-game winning streak ended, and the Los Angeles Dodgers won on a Yasiel Puig home run.

Here is where the various competitive playoff races stand on Wednesday:

Wednesday’s Scores

The Chicago Cubs came into the day leading the Milwaukee Brewers by three and a half games.

Jesus Aguilar did most of the damage with a three-run homer in the third inning as the Brewers dispatched the Cincinnati Reds, 7-0. Milwaukee got a terrific start from Gio Gonzalez, who allowed two hits in six shutout innings and the Brewers drew to two and a half games back in the division after Chicago was hammered by Arizona, 9-0.

The Brewers came into the day with a…

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