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slugging Los Angeles Dodgers took a far more challenging road on their sixth
straight trip to the playoffs. Despite it all, they still believe they’re the
team to beat for a World Series title.A surprising 16-26 start and injuries to
some of their biggest stars, including a pair of disabled list stints for ace
pitcher Clayton Kershaw, left the Dodgers in a hole and needing to win in the
final weekend to claim baseball’s final postseason berth.Kershaw and the Dodgers
earned that spot and moved into a tie with Colorado for the NL West lead,
getting a go-ahead triple from Manny Machado in the eighth inning Saturday and
beating the San Francisco Giants 10-6.And they celebrated, even with more to
accomplish Sunday.Colorado lost at home to Washington, dropping into a tie for
the division lead. The regular season is scheduled to end Sunday — if Los
Angeles and Colorado finish even, there will be a one-game tiebreaker for the
West title Monday at Dodger Stadium.“It hasn’t been easy, I guess, this year,
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particular just kind of showed the team that we have. It’s never good when I’m a
better hitter than I am a pitcher. That’s what it was today. For these guys to
pick me up like they did today — I don’t know, I think we had 18 hits or
something — it’s just really special to be a part of. The celebration today is a
little bit more subdued, and we want it that way.”The Dodgers, who haven’t won
the World Series since 1988 and lost in Game 7 to Houston last year, assured
themselves at least a spot in the wild-card game. They joined Colorado, Atlanta,
the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee in the NL playoff field.Once the champagne had
been popped, sprayed in triumph and consumed, many of the Dodgers were headed
back to their hotel to watch the Rockies.“We went through a lot of ups and
downs, but we’ve still got a chance to win the division,” veteran Matt Kemp
said. “I think everybody’s going to sit there and watch the game tonight and see
what happens and try to take care of business tomorrow.”After the final
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the Dodgers exited their dugout and high-fived in a tame celebration. Manager
Dave Roberts waved to hundreds of fans in the outfield bleachers.The Dodgers’
win eliminated St. Louis from playoff contention. The Cardinals beat the Cubs
earlier in the day to preserve their postseason chances for another few
hours.Machado, the star infielder acquired from Baltimore during the All-Star
break, hit a two-out triple off Mark Melancon (1-4) for a 6-5 lead. Max Muncy
added a two-run double during a four-run ninth, much to the delight of all the
Dodger Blue in the rival’s ballpark.Alex Wood (9-7) pitched the seventh for the
win and Kenley Jansen closed it out. Roberts said afterward it was a
“no-brainer” with too much on the line to not go with his reliable ninth-inning
man.Kershaw allowed eight hits and five runs — his most in 44 starts against the
Giants — over five innings and had a two-run single in the fourth for his first
career RBIs in 24 games at AT&T Park. The lefty made just 26 starts and
failed to beat the Giants in four 2018 outings. He missed double-digit wins for
the first time since going 8-8 in 2009, also the last season he didn’t beat San
Francisco at least once.He said he has been too “preoccupied” with getting to
the playoffs to consider his next step and future, saying, “I have no idea … I
can’t give an answer because I really don’t know what is ahead.”Joc Pederson
gave the Dodgers a fast start with his 11th career leadoff home run, his
franchise-record eighth this season. Yasiel Puig connected to start the second
inning.The Dodgers dropped into second place in the West behind the Rockies
following a 7-2 loss at Arizona on Wednesday. That left Los Angeles the final
weekend against its rival to capture a third playoff trip in as many years under
Roberts.He still believes these Dodgers — with their talented rotation, bullpen
and loaded lineup — are in prime position to bring home a championship.“I think
we’re the best team,” Roberts said. “And I’ve said it. Most importantly though
we’ve still got to go out there and play like it.”ROOKIE HIGHS AND LOWSGiants
rookie Dereck Rodriguez, who lasted just three innings while facing the Dodgers
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the Pirates on Aug. 12. His 2.81 ERA with a minimum of 100 innings pitched ranks
lowest in San Francisco history for rookies. The Giants lost his last seven
outings and nine of 11.“I’m sure he’s disappointed that his last start went like
this but he’s done an unbelievable job,” manager Bruce Bochy said.TRAINER’S
ROOMGiants: OF Austin Slater won’t play again this year because of a strained
right elbow revealed by an MRI exam. He’s expected to be full strength by spring
training.Umpire: Friday plate umpire Brian Knight broke his left foot on a foul
tip in the top of the sixth inning — he kept working — then was replaced
Saturday by Ed Hickox, who arrived in the Bay Area about 3 a.m. after working a
15-inning Diamondbacks-Padres game at San Diego.UP NEXTDodgers: RHP Walker
Buehler (7-5, 2.76 ERA) won in his first career start at AT&T Park on April
28. The Dodgers weren’t ruling out a change based on the Rockies’
outcome.Giants: LHP Andrew Suarez (7-12, 4.22) has received three or fewer runs
of support in 21 of his 28 outings. SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Less than 24 hours
after blowing a six-run lead in an extra-innings loss, Mark Melancon prevented
the San Francisco Giants from letting another big advantage slip away.The former
closer did it on a day when the Giants celebrated their 2010 World Series
championship, a team that had more than its fair share of tight
finishes.Melancon got pinch-hitter Carlos Perez to fly out with the bases loaded
in the ninth inning, preserving a 5-3 win over Texas Rangers on Saturday.“It’s
really incredible how similar the two games were but we found a way to get the
last out today,” San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. “Torture was
back.”Andrew Suarez pitched seven scoreless innings of three-hit ball to end a
four-start winless drought. Brandon Crawford and Hunter Pence homered while Nick
Hundley added two walks and scored.San Francisco began the day nine games behind
Milwaukee for the second NL wild card.“It’s very important to continue to send
that message of relentless attack,” Pence said. “Even where we are and as
clouded as it may seem, you still never know. When there’s still a chance in
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things can get hot in an instant.”Hours after Bochy confirmed that six-time
All-Star catcher Buster Posey is headed for season-ending hip surgery, San
Francisco did the bulk of its scoring in the first inning then held on behind
Suarez and three relievers for a rare win at AT&T Park.Suarez (5-9) struck
out five and walked three to win for the first time since July 29. The
left-hander induced 12 groundouts and two double plays.“This whole week I looked
at old video just to see what could get me going again,” Suarez said. “Once I
know I’m getting a lot of groundballs I know that’s when I’m in my game.”The
Giants have the fourth-best winning percentage in the NL at home but had lost 10
of the previous 13 at their waterfront ballpark before edging the
Rangers.Rougned Odor homered and had three hits for Texas.“The difference is we
didn’t get the big hit when we needed to there late,” Rangers manager Jeff
Banister said. “We felt good about our situation once we got some baserunners
there in the last inning. We were unable to come up with the big hit.”Hunter
Strickland and Will Smith combined to retire five batters before Melancon closed
the hectic ninth.Crawford homered off Martin Perez (2-6) in the first, a
three-run blast to center. The Giants shortstop entered the day batting .178
since July 1, the lowest average in the majors among players with at least 150
plate appearances.Pence had a pinch-hit home run off Matt Moore in the
seventh.Odor, who hit a tying two-run home run in the ninth Friday, trimmed the
lead to 5-3 with a three-run shot off Hunter Strickland in the eighth. Two
batters earlier, a two-out fielding error by left fielder Austin Slater extended
the inning.IN A RUTPerez allowed four runs in the first inning then yielded only
two hits over the next four innings. The lefty, who missed more than two months
on the DL because of pain in his right elbow, is winless since April 22.“The
first inning I threw just one bad pitch Michael
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tried to get zeroes.”TRAINER’S ROOMRangers: IF Hanser Alberto was placed on the
disabled list with a right hamstring strain, an injury he suffered Friday in his
first game after being called up to take Bartolo Colon’s roster spot. Carlos
Perez was called up from Triple-A Round Rock. RHP Nick Gardewine was placed on
the 60-day DL with a right forearm strain.Giants: Posey will undergo hip surgery
Monday in Colorado and will miss 6-8 months, ending what has been a painful and
frustrating year for the six-time All-Star. RHP Jeff Samardzija will seek a
second opinion on his troublesome pitching shoulder. Samardzija has been on the
DL since July 15.UP NEXTRangers RHP Yovani Gallardo (7-2, 6.06 ERA) has six wins
in 10 career starts against the Giants. San Francisco LHP Derek Holland (6-8,
3.75), who won 62 games over eight seasons with Texas, makes his third career
appearance against his former club.____
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