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:
National League Central
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.
National League Wild-Card
The Brewers came into the day with a…