The Arizona Diamondbacks now know two things for sure -- they've made the playoffs, and they're minus Luis Gonzalez.
Hours after finding out that Gonzalez was finished for the year because of a separated left shoulder, the World Series champions clinched at least a wild-card spot Tuesday night.
Despite its fifth loss in a row, 3-2 at St. Louis, Arizona was assured a postseason spot when Los Angeles lost to Colorado 1-0.
Gonzalez, who got the hit that won last year's World Series, was hurt in an outfield collision Monday night. An MRI on Tuesday confirmed that the left fielder, who leads Arizona with 28 home runs and 103 RBIs, was done.
"I don't mean to sound callous or harsh, but it's part of the game," Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly said. "We'll get by. We'll do what we have to do. We think we have enough here to overcome the loss of Luis."
Edgar Renteria hit an RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Diamondbacks.
Arizona's lead in the NL West was cut to three games by San Francisco, which beat San Diego 12-3. The Giants increased their wild-card edge to three games over Los Angeles.
"It's prayer time," Dodgers outfielder Brian Jordan said. "Three is kind of tough to come back."
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