Tiebreakers have been perilous for Dodgers


Justin Turner and David Freese drove in the Los Angeles runs in the first inning before Kemp had a two-run double and Brian Dozier a two-run homer in the third, during which the Dodgers went up 9-0.

Hill (11-5) took the early lead and coasted with it, allowing just two hits in his seven innings.

Walker Buehler was set to start for the Dodgers (91-71) as the defending NL champions try for a sixth straight West title. The two rivals have played eighteen games this season, and each team has won nine games.

The NL West winner advances to a best-of-five Division Series against Atlanta starting Thursday, and the NL Central winner moves on to a Division Series against the winner of Tuesday's wild card game.

Enrique Hernandez also had three hits for the Dodgers, who finished the regular season with 13 wins in their last 17 games. He has 109 RBIs, two behind leader Javier Baez of the Cubs, and Yelich's 36 home runs are one behind Nolan Arenado of the Rockies.

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"Not how we scripted it", Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after Wednesday's second consecutive loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, which dropped LA into second place. Two of those starts were in 2013 against the Braves when he gave up just one run in 13 innings.

Walker Buehler has been lights out for the Dodgers lately posting a 0.90 ERA in his last three starts.

Joe Panik and Evan Longoria got the only hits, a pair of singles, for the Giants, who went 5-21 in September. Bet the Los Angeles Dodgers -200 over the Giants. Dodgers starter Buehler owns a 2.52 ERA, striking out 85 batters in his 71.1 career innings at home.

Pence received big cheers from the sellout crowd as he ran to the outfield some 20 minutes before first pitch and he waved and clapped in appreciation. The Dodgers and Giants each won five games at Dodger Stadium, and have split their first eight games at AT&T Park.

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