The Cardinals are in the playoffs, the Diamondbacks are close and the Giants are starting to put some distance between themselves and the Dodgers.
By the end of the weekend, there could be little drama left in the National League.
St. Louis clinched the NL Central title, getting four hits from Eli Marrero and four home runs Friday night in a 9-3 victory over the visiting Houston Astros.
Before the Cardinals started to celebrate, manager Tony La Russa gathered players to remind them of the hurdles they've cleared and to pay tribute to Darryl Kile and Jack Buck.
"I wanted to make sure us as a group took a minute and included Jack and Darryl," La Russa said. "I think a bunch of us felt it was appropriate to gather around and restate our dedication of what we've done to Jack and Darryl."
Kile died in the team's Chicago hotel on June 22 from a blockage of the arteries supplying the heart. His death came just four days after the death of Buck, the team's longtime announcer.
Jim Edmonds sprayed Kile's jersey with champagne in the clubhouse.
"It's an unbelievable feeling for us right now," staff ace Matt Morris said. "I know DK is watching and smiling. I wish he was in here with us right now."
Rockies 9, Diamondbacks 4
Todd Helton hit tiebreaking homer in the fifth and Colorado pounded Curt Schilling (23-6) for a season-high nine runs and 14 hits in 7 1-3 innings. Schilling gave up eight earned runs for the third time, matching his career high.
Arizona's magic number to clinch a postseason berth was cut to one by the Dodgers' loss.
Luis Gonzalez had a two-run homer and drove in three runs at Denver, giving him 100 RBIs for the fourth straight season. Sean Lowe (5-2) allowed one hit in 1 1-3 scoreless innings.
Giants 5, Brewers 1
Ryan Jensen (12-8) allowed one run and four hits in 5 1-3 innings, and Rich Aurilia hit a two-run homer for visiting San Francisco, which opened a two-game lead over Los Angeles in the wild-card race.
Milwaukee (54-99) set a franchise record for losses, topping the 99 of the 1969 Seattle Pilots, who moved the following spring.
Nick Neugebauer (1-7) gave up four runs -- one earned -- six hits and four walks in 3 2-3 innings.
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