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Giants' loss to Rockies didn't hurt much in NL playoff race

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The Giants on Monday night watched their preseason ace have his worst start in orange and black. Their offense was flat, with the exception of an outfielder who had to go for an X-ray after getting drilled in the ninth inning and might be swinging through a massive welt the next few games. 

Still, the night could have gone a lot worse. 

The Giants lost 7-2 to the Colorado Rockies on Monday, but most of their competitors in the NL playoff race lost, too. The Reds were the only team to get a handshake line, meaning the five through 10 seeds in the NL right now remain separated by a game and a half. The Giants are just one good day away from being back in a playoff spot:

Here's a rundown of last night's action ... 

Marlins (28-26) 

They entered the week hoping to shock the Braves and win the NL East, but Atlanta won the opener of their series 5-4 to go four up. Nick Vincent pitched for the Marlins, Will Smith and Mark Melancon got the final four outs for the Braves.

The Marlins fell four games out in the NL East but they still have the No. 2 spot in the division, which is an automatic berth. 

Cardinals (26-25)

The Brewers took advantage of their weekend with the Royals, getting a sweep. The Cardinals started off on the wrong foot. With Adam Wainwright on the mound, the lineup did nothing as the Cardinals lost 4-1.

 

It's Austin Gomber against rookie Brady Singer on Tuesday. 

Reds (28-27)

The biggest game of the night was in Cincinnati, where former Giants prospect Luis Castillo struck out nine and allowed one earned run in a 6-3 win. Brett Anderson faces Sonny Gray on Tuesday in another matchup that favors the Reds, winners of eight of nine. 

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Phillies (27-27)

Zack Wheeler took his first loss in Philadelphia after giving up a couple of runs in the first. That was enough for the eliminated Nationals, who won 5-1.

These teams will play a doubleheader on Tuesday, so the Giants should know a lot more about their current position before they even take the field. 

Brewers (26-27)

They were on the other side of that latest Reds win. They've lost five of the eight meetings this season.