The Cincinnati Reds have been nipping at the heels of the San Diego Padres in the race for the second National League wild card for weeks and finally caught them Friday.
With 38 games left in the season, the Reds and Padres are both 67-57. They have been going opposite directions since the All-Star break. The Reds are 19-15 in the second half. The Padres are 14-17.
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On Friday, the Reds beat the Miami Marlins 5-3 at Great American Ball Park, matching their season-best record of 10 games over .500. They have reached that milestone three times now.
Joey Votto and Tyler Naquin homered, and Sonny Gray threw seven scoreless innings.
The Padres lost 4-3 to the Philadelphia Phillies (62-60). San Diego has lost four games in a row and eight of its last nine.
The Los Angeles Dodgers (77-46) own a 10-game lead over the Reds and Padres in the wild-card standings.
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