St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Matt Carpenter's go-ahead RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted the St. Louis Cardinals to 1-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds in the regular season finale.
The defending-champion Cardinals (88-74), who clinched the National League's second wild card spot on Tuesday following the Los Angeles Dodgers' loss to the San Francisco Giants, will travel to Atlanta to take on the Braves on Friday at 5:07 p.m. (ET).
The winner will advance to the division series and take on the Washington Nationals in the opening game on Sunday.
Coming off his no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates last week, Reds starter Homer Bailey fanned six and scattered four hits over four frames in a no decision.
The NL Central-winning Reds (97-65) will open the playoffs on the road Saturday at 9:37 p.m. (et) against the Giants.