— Will Smith struck out the side around three walks in the ninth inning to finish the Atlanta Braves' 4-3 win over the San Diego Padres on Sunday that opened a 2 1/2-game lead over Philadelphia heading into their NL East showdown.
— The Atlanta Braves got a whiff of October in late September.
A woman and her 2-year-old son died after falling from the third level of Petco Park shortly before Saturday's Padres game.
— Max Fried was absolutely brilliant at just the right time for the Atlanta Braves.
A rare rainstorm in San Diego prompted a delay Friday before the Padres and Braves resumed a game suspended by poor weather July 21 in Atlanta.
— The San Diego Padres can have a say over the NL West race even as they appear headed toward what would be the biggest collapse in franchise history.
Who is rising and falling as the end of the season rapidly approaches?
— Scott Kazmir got the San Francisco Giants into a jam and rookie reliever Camilo Doval got them right out of it.
— “Late Night LaMonte" struck again for the San Francisco Giants.
Manny Machado called Fernando Tatis Jr. "my little brother," and the Padres' All-Stars said all is well between them after Saturday's shouting match in the dugout.
Which up-and-comers have jumped onto Kiley McDaniel's radar in 2021?
— San Diego center fielder Fernando Tatis Jr. dropped Nolan Arenado’s bases-loaded popup and heaved the ball home, leading to a five-run first inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Padres 8-7 Sunday for an eight-game winning streak.
Padres pitcher Jake Arrieta departed Sunday's start at St. Louis with a right adductor groin strain after facing six batters.
Manny Machado screamed at teammate Fernando Tatis Jr. in the dugout during the fifth inning of the Padres' loss to the Cardinals after Tatis reacted angrily to a call by the plate umpire.
— With the San Diego Padres squabbling amongst themselves, the St. Louis Cardinals rallied to solidify their postseason position.
— Dylan Carlson homered twice, including a grand slam, to help Miles Mikolas win for the first time in two years as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Diego Padres 8-2 on Friday night.
— Fernando Tatis Jr. hit his NL-leading 39th home run and the San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 7-4 on Thursday to earn a series split.
Which squads are rising and falling as teams start punching their postseason tickets?
— It took more than four hours and San Diego finally returned to the win column — and the Padres desperately needed this one to stay right in the playoff race.
The San Diego Padres placed lefty Blake Snell in the 10-day injured list due to a left adductor groin strain and signed veteran righty Vince Velasquez to a minor league deal.
As the end of the season looms, several MLB award races don't yet have a clear winner. Who has the edge?
— Buster Posey is hitting, moving on the bases and catching with an encouraging strength in mid-September for someone who had hip surgery three years ago and chose to sit out the shortened 2020 season to protect his young family.
The San Francisco Giants became the first major league team to clinch a playoff spot this season after beating the Padres 9-1 on Monday for their eighth win in a row.
Here are stats to know, players to watch and reasons for optimism and pessimism for each wild-card hopeful.