The San Francisco Giants topped the San Diego Padres on Monday night for their eighth consecutive victory.
In the process they became the first Major League club to clinch a playoff berth this season.
They have the best record in baseball (94-50) with 18 games remaining.
"This is a pretty focused and even-keeled team," Gabe Kapler said. "You have quite a few World Series champions in that room and people who understand that this is one step in the direction that we want to go, but not the ultimate goal."