NEW YORK: Jarred Cosart pitched seven scoreless innings, and second baseman Donovan Solano slugged a two-run homer to lead the Miami Marlins to a 3-0 win over the St Louis Cardinals.
The Marlins (59-60) will go for a three-game sweep of the series on Wednesday while St Louis (62-56) will be hoping to end a run of four losses in five games.
Cosart allowed just three hits, all singles, and one walk while striking out three.
The loss went to Cards ace Adam Wainwright (14-7), who allowed three runs.
Kyle Hendricks worked 7 1/3 scoreless innings for his second career shutout victory as the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-0. Hendricks (4-1) allowed six hits, walked one and struck out five.
Cubs center fielder Arismendy Alcantara went 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored while first baseman Anthony Rizzo blasted his 26th home run of the season.
The Los Angeles Dodgers ousted the Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series a year ago and are 5-0 against them this season after a 4-2 victory.
Right-hander Dan Haren (10-9) turned in his second consecutive strong start, and left fielder Carl Crawford continued his recent hot hitting, going 3-for-5 with a double.
Haren, a 12-year veteran, gave up six hits and two runs over six innings, striking out seven and walking one.
Edinson Volquez hurled six solid innings to reach double figures in victories as he pitched the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 4-2 victory over the reeling Detroit Tigers.