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Dodger defeat gives Cardinals playoff place

LOS ANGELES - Reigning World Series champions St. Louis captured the final Major League Baseball playoff berth when the Los Angeles Dodgers lost 4-3 to the visiting San Francisco Giants on Tuesday.

Buster Posey and Joaquin Arias homered for the Giants and Marco Scutaro doubled in two runs to help playoff-bound San Francisco end the post-season dreams of the Dodgers on the penultimate night of the six-month campaign.

A.J. Ellis smacked a two-run homer in the seventh to pull the Dodgers within the final margin but it was too little and too late as the Cardinals claimed a National League wild-card berth as one of the top nondivision champions.

St. Louis, which fell to 87-74 earlier with a 3-1 loss to Cincinnati, had to have a victory or Dodgers’ defeat to claim the final spot. The Giants inflicted the loss, dropping Los Angeles to 85-76 with only one game remaining.

The Cardinals qualified for the playoffs on the last day of the season last year but battled into the World Series, where they knocked off Texas in a best-of-seven championship showdown that went the distance.

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