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Quote: "They have destiny on their side, I'll tell you." -- The Cardinals' Mark McGwire on the Reds, who rallied from a run down in the 12th to win, overtaking the Mets for the NL wild-card lead.

It's a fact: On their season-ending road trip, the Dodgers will be the opponent in the final major-league games played at 3Com Park in San Francisco and the Astrodome in Houston.

Who's hot: The Braves need one more win in their final six games to become the fourth team in major-league history -- along with the 1929-1931 Philadelphia Athletics, 1942-1944 Cardinals and 1969-1971 Orioles -- to win at least 100 games in three straight seasons.

Who's not: Rick Aguilera has blown five save opportunities in 12 chances since joining the Cubs in a trade in May.

On deck: Ron Villone, who has pitched eight scoreless innings against the Cardinals this season, faces St. Louis today as the Reds look to expand their one-game wild-card advantage.

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