The Dodgers needed just one victory in this four-game series to clinch a third consecutive division title – something they had not accomplished in franchise history.
Greinke is impressive, but let’s not forget…the Giants have rookie pop and a couple of old, wizened veterans to back them up. New York needs two wins in its final five games – or a few help – to reach the post-season for the first time since 2012.
The Dodgers (88-69) will open the playoffs next Friday against the New York Mets (89-68), champions of the NL East. Home-field advantage in the best-of-5 series will be determined by best record.
The timely win ended a four-game losing streak for San Francisco. They sent speedster Dee Gordon to Miami to improve their depth and to get the piece to acquire Howie Kendrick from the Los Angeles Angels.
The Dodgers suffered their fourth straight loss, 3-2 in 12 innings to the San Francisco Giants.
Houston fell 2½ games behind the Rangers for the AL West lead.
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Kershaw pitched as if AT&T Park was his home.
With six games remaining, five games separate the teams in the standings and the Dodgers are 0-7 at AT&T Park this season.
Enrique Hernandez’s home run in the third was the first homer Bumgarner has given up at AT&T Park since July 10. That is what Kershaw did between Tuesday night and his previous start against the Giants on September 2 at Dodger Stadium. It’s still scheduled for Thursday against Dodgers lefty Brett Anderson. He proved his worth with a pinch-hit single leading off the 11th inning. First pitch at 7:15 p.m.
If the Dodgers sew up the NL West before Kershaw’s last scheduled start of the year (the regular-season finale in San Diego), that number may be harder to hit simply because the game would turn into more of a short tune-up for Kershaw before the NLDS.
The Dodgers stranded the potential go-ahead run in scoring position in three of the last four innings. He struck out two and walked two.
In the top of the 10th inning, the Dodgers likewise put runners on first and second base with one out but failed to score.
“With a bullpen, it’s about trajectory and where they’re heading as much as where they have been, so we’re kind of looking forward with this group and think the guys are sort of figuring it out”, Zaidi said.
Bumgarner matched his career high by allowing three home runs, and each traveled more than 400 feet.
Duda hit a two-run shot off Ken Giles on an 0-and-2 pitch in the ninth before Giles retired Travis d’Arnaud for his 14th save in 18 chances.
Peavy yielded three hits in seven innings and hasn’t lost in seven outings since a defeat at Pittsburgh on August. 20. “They are tough to beat”. Gonzalez followed with a single of his own, knocking Osich out of the game, before he was replaced by pinch runner Ronald Torreyes. His only play was to first base as the tying run scored. Vizcaino then struck out Matt den Dekker to end it.
Bolsinger (6-5, 3.48) appears to have hit a wall after providing a lift to the Dodgers’ injury-plagued rotation most of the season. He notched 13 strikeouts in the process and allowed only one hit. Trailing the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West by a margin that exceeded a half-dozen game on most days, the Giants’ pulse had weakened and their breathing had slowed. Considering he also threw a three-hit complete game that day, it wasn t a trade that Arizona especially relished making at the time.
Tampa’s Brad Boxberger pitched a flawless ninth to earn his 39th save.
Christian Friedrich gave up the winning hit. The 22-year-old’s contract was selected a week earlier from Double-A Biloxi, where he went 12-5 with a 2.26 ERA in 24 starts. San Francisco won 3-2.
Center fielder Odubel Herrera went 4-for-4 and left fielder Aaron Altherr drove in a run for the Phillies (60-97), who have the worst record in the majors. Building in the left-field corner.