Dodgers lock up post­sea­son berth

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Mlb -

SAN FRAN­CISCO — The Dodgers clinched base­ball’s fi­nal play­off berth and gave them­selves a chance to still win the NL West, get­ting a go-ahead triple from Manny Machado in the eighth in­ning Sat­ur­day and beat­ing the Giants 10-6.

The de­fend­ing NL cham­pi­ons locked up their sixth straight trip to the post­sea­son, as­sur­ing at least a spot in the wild-card game.

The Dodgers be­gan the day one game be­hind the Rock­ies for the di­vi­sion lead, and the Rock­ies hosted the Na­tion­als later that night. The reg­u­lar sea­son is sched­uled to end Sun­day — if the Dodgers and Rock­ies fin­ish even, there will be a one-game tiebreaker for the West ti­tle Mon­day at Dodger Sta­dium.

Af­ter the fi­nal out Sat­ur­day, 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 the Car­di­nals from play­off con­tention.

Machado, the star in­fielder ac­quired from the Ori­oles 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 four­run 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.

Clay­ton Ker­shaw al­lowed eight hits and five runs over five in­nings and had a two-run sin­gle in the fourth for his first ca­reer RBIs in 24 games at AT&T Park.

Ker­shaw had two stints on the dis­abled list this year, 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.

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