SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — In a winner-take-all matchup featuring Major League Baseball’s longest-running rivals, the San Francisco Giants …(beat/fell to) … the Los Angeles Dodgers in a game that could’ve been scripted in Hollywood but was played to a capacity crowd in the city by the bay.
The Dodgers scored first and, to the dismay of Giants fans everywhere, last when Cody Bellinger singled with one out in the ninth inning to send Justin Turner across the plate for what proved to be the winning run.
The victory means the Dodgers will play the Atlanta Braves for the pennant, giving them a chance to advance to their fourth World Series in the past five years.
The game ended with a controversial call that will be debated for decades when first base umpire Gabe Morales ruled that Wilmer Flores went around on what appeared to be a checked swing that ended San Francisco’s winningest year.
The Giants’ phenomenal starter, Rocklin, Calif. native Logan Webb, pitched seven innings, struck out 7 and allowed just one run on a double by Corey Seager that drove in Mookie Betts in the fifth inning.
Scherzer, the Game 3 loser who came from Washington at the trade deadline, closed out a best-of-five series certain to go down among the several classics these franchises have played — right up there with the 1951 and ’62 clubs that each matched up in three-game tiebreakers for the NL pennant that the Giants won each time.
The Giants tied in the sixth inning on a solo home run blast by Darin Ruf.
Mookie Betts had a postseason career-high four hits and will lead the next step in LA’s championship defense at Atlanta for Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday.
Camilo Doval plunked Justin Turner with one out in the ninth and Gavin Lux then singled before Bellinger delivered his most meaningful hit in a scrutinized season.
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