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The Dodgers ruined what could have been a winner-take-all Wednesday afternoon.

Had the San Diego Padres won a ninth straight game Tuesday, the visiting Dodgers and Padres would have been playing for the lead in the National League West on Wednesday.

But the Dodgers won -- reducing Wednesday's rubber match of a three-game series into something of a footnote.

The Dodgers will leave San Diego as the leaders in the division with at least a 1 1/2-game lead on the Padres. But one thing is clear after the first two games of this series -- the Padres are serious contenders.

Tuesday night's 3-1 win over the Padres -- and San Diego loaded the bases with one out in the ninth -- boosted the Dodgers record to 34-15. The Padres are 32-18. And while San Diego now trails the Dodgers by 2 1/2 games, they hold a 7 1/2-game lead on San Francisco in the non-race for second in the division.

The truth is the Dodgers and Padres own the two best records in the National League. If the season were to end today, they would, respectively, be the first and fourth seeds in the National League playoffs.

"Wednesday's game is important because you want to win every series," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.

Padres manager Jayce Tingler doesn't think the Padres will have any problem rebounding from a loss that kept them from pulling to within a half-game of the division leaders.

"We love one another in there," Tingler said of the Padres clubhouse. "We've got the spirit, the feeling of just a bunch of teenage boys playing the best sport in the world with their best friends. They love to play and play for one another."

Even with Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers, the Padres' magic number to clinch their first postseason berth since 2006 is only four. As for the, Dodgers, they are already locked in to no worse than a wildcard slot.

But Tuesday's loss likely altered one thing for the Padres. Right-hander Chris Paddack will not start Wednesday's season finale between the two teams -- the Dodgers have a 5-4 edge in the season series. Paddack will get two extra days of rest to rehab his slightly sprained right ankle and will start against the Mariners on Friday following a day off for the Padres.

Instead, left-hander Adrian Morejon (2-0, 2.53 ERA) will start for the Padres in what could be a "bullpen" game.

"It's all hands on deck," said Tingler.

The Dodgers will counter with right-hander Dustin May (1-1, 2.81 ERA).

Morejon was not active the first two times the Dodgers and Padres met. Although this will be his third start, Morejon has not worked more than three innings in any of his five appearances this season. The 21-year-old Cuban has allowed three runs on 10 hits and two walks with 14 strikeouts in 10 2/3 innings this season.

Both of May's decisions this season have come in his two starts against the Padres, which came in succession on Aug. 4 and 10. May went six innings in both of those outings, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks with 10 strikeouts in 12 innings for a 3.00 ERA and a 0.917 WHIP.

The Dodgers are 6-3 in games started by May.

--Field Level Media

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Last Injuries

San Diego Padres

  • Dinelson Lamet

    Bicep
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Lamet is dealing with a tightness in his right biceps. It is unclear if he will be available for Game 1 of the National League wild-card series against the Cardinals.

  • Wil Myers

    Quadricep
    Prob Sun | probable

    Myers was held out of the last game with tightness in his quad. It is anticipated that he will be available for Sunday's contest with the Giants.

  • Eric Hosmer

    Rest
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Hosmer is not expected to be in Sunday's starting lineup versus the Giants as he will be rested.

  • Trent Grisham

    Rest
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Grisham is not expected to start Sunday's series finale against the Giants as he will be given the day off.

  • Kirby Yates

    Elbow
    out for season | 45-day IL

    Yates has popped up on the 45-day injured list after having season-ending surgery to remove bone chips in his right elbow.

  • Fernando Tatis Jr.

    Rest
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Tatis Jr. is likely to be absent from the starting lineup for Wednesday's game versus the Angels due to a day of rest.

  • Mike Clevinger

    Bicep
    Prob Wed | probable

    Clevinger missed his last start with biceps tightness, but he is expected to make his next scheduled start Wednesday versus the Angels.

  • Matt Strahm

    Knee
    Early Oct | 10-day IL

    Strahm has been ticketed for the 10-day injured list due to right knee inflammation, and he is likely to stay on the I-L until at least the start of October.

Los Angeles Dodgers

  • Ross Stripling

    Shin
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Stripling has a right lateral shin contusion, and it is unclear if he will be available for Game 1 of the American League wild-card round versus the Rays.

  • Cody Bellinger

    Rest
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Bellinger is not expected to play against the Angels on Sunday as he is to be rested.

  • Max Muncy

    Wrist
    Prob Sat | probable

    Muncy was forced from the previous game due to a wrist injury. He is likely to face the Angels on Saturday.

  • Walker Buehler

    Finger
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Buehler has been activated from the 10-day injured list after recovering from a blister on his finger. He is expected to return to the rotation Thursday against the Athletics.

  • Justin Turner

    Hamstring
    Prob Wed | probable

    Turner missed the previous game due to left hamstring discomfort. He is expected to be active Wednesday versus the Athletics.

  • Joc Pederson

    Personal
    Prob Tues | probable

    Pederson has been activated from the family medical emergency list and is likely to return Tuesday against the Athletics.

  • Caleb Ferguson

    Elbow
    out for season | 10-day IL

    Ferguson has been placed on the 10-day injured list with damage to the UCL in his left elbow. He is likely to miss the remainder of the season due to Tommy John surgery.

  • A.J. Pollock

    Hamstring
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Pollock sat out the last game due to hamstring tightness, and it is uncertain if he will play Friday versus the Rockies.

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