St. Louis Cardinals’ gain is the Dodgers’ loss.

The Dodgers’ chances of securing home-field advantage for the first two rounds of the playoffs took another step backward Wednesday.

The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 4-1, giving them the best record in the National League at 94-65. The Atlanta Braves, who host the moribund Milwaukee Brewers tonight, are in a virtual tie at 93-64.

The Dodgers (91-66) are two games behind those teams with five games left in the regular season. If they are able to tie either team in the standings, the Dodgers have the advantage over the Cardinals based on their head-to-head record (4-3) but not the Braves (2-5).

If the standings don’t change, the Cardinals would host the Dodgers in Game 1 on Oct. 3.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.