Following Tuesday's dramatic 7-6 victory against the Dodgers in extra innings, the D-backs' race against the Brewers for the No. 2 seed in the National League playoffs remains intact with one game to play.
The D-backs, who trail the Brewers by one game, need a victory against the Dodgers on Wednesday and a loss by the Brewers in their game against the Pirates to secure home-field advantage and the right to play host to an NL Division Series this weekend.
"We've got life for tomorrow. Big game for us tomorrow," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said after Tuesday's win. "Obviously, it puts more pressure on Milwaukee. They have to win. We need to win and there's a lot of different scenarios out there."
The D-backs should not expect the Dodgers to roll over. It hasn't been a memorable season for Los Angeles but it's certainly been one center fielder Matt Kemp will never forget.
Kemp, who is hitting .324, is closing in on becoming the first Dodger to lead the league in home runs (38) and RBIs (124) since Dolph Camilli accomplished the feat in 1941. Camilli, who hit .285 with 34 homers and 120 RBIs that season, won the NL MVP.
Like Camili, Kemp is playing like a MVP.
The center fielder also leads the National League with 114 runs scored and is looking to become the first Dodger in franchise history to lead the league in homers, RBIs and runs scored.
Kemp went 2-for-5 Tuesday to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.
It will be up to D-backs starter Joe Saunders to keep Kemp and Co. in check. The left-hander has been outstanding in his last four starts, going 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA.
Veteran Ted Lilly, who has a 2.32 ERA in his last 10 starts, will take the hill for the Dodgers. Lilly said he's using a new grip on his slider and he credited the tweak for hi 6 1/3 scoreless innings in his last outing against the Padres.
The D-backs will be ready for him.
"We'd like to play at home. That would be our first choice, but it's not going to bother us wherever we go," Gibson said. "We have to prepare, we will be prepared and it will be our opportunity."
Dodgers: Lively bats
Dee Gordon has a hit in 13 of his last 14 games. He's hitting .424 during that stretch.
James Loney has hit safely in 27 of his last 34 games since Aug. 21 and is hitting .385 in those games.
Kemp has played in 363 consecutive games, which is the longest current streak in the Majors.D-backs: Upton rattled by fly ball
D-backs right fielder Justin Upton was hit in the head when a batted ball ricocheted off the top of the wall in right field in the 10th inning. He was removed from the game and it's unclear if he will be in the lineup Wednesday.
Upton was hit in the head by a pitch from the Giants' Tim Lincecum on Sunday at Chase Field and was given the day off Monday.
Relievers J.J. Putz (24-for-24), David Hernandez (4-for-5) and Zach Duke (1-for-1) have converted 29 of 30 saves since the All-Star break.
The D-backs lead the NL with 499 extra-base hits.
Despite Tuesday's loss, the Dodgers have still won nine of their last 11 games.
The D-backs have won 21 of their last 24 home games since Aug. 9, including a franchise-record 15 straight wins from Aug. 9-Sept. 10.