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Dazzling Moore guides Giants into postseason

Giants players get drenched in the clubhouse after clinching the second National League wild card by beating the Dodgers.

Associated Press

Giants players get drenched in the clubhouse after clinching the second National League wild card by beating the Dodgers.

SAN FRANCISCO — Just like two years ago as a wild card going to Pittsburgh, the Giants will hit the road to begin what they believe can be another special postseason run.

Even after the surprising second-half struggles and bullpen blunders that threatened their chances.

San Francisco made it on the final day of the regular season, securing the second NL wild card with a 7-1 win over the Dodgers on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep of its rival.

Matt Moore, a midseason acquisition from the Rays, pitched eight stellar innings as San Francisco reached the playoffs for the fourth time in seven seasons.

"We found a way to get back to where we need to be," ace left-hander Madison Bumgarner said. "If we play like we have been the last three days, we'll be tough to beat."

Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully ended his 67-year career, calling his final game 80 years to the day after he fell in love with baseball while walking home from school. Scully, 88, closed his broadcast by telling viewers, "I have said enough for a lifetime and for the last time I wish you a very pleasant good afternoon."

CARDINALS 10, PIRATES 4: A win on the final day of the season was not enough for host St. Louis, which missed the playoffs for the first time since 2010.

Jays, O's earn wild cards

BOSTON — Aaron Sanchez took a no-hitter into the seventh and Troy Tulowitzki singled to break an eighth-inning tie, helping the Blue Jays clinch the AL's top wild-card berth with a 2-1 victory over the Red Sox in David Ortiz's final regular-season game.

ORIOLES 5, YANKEES 2: Matt Wieters homered from both sides of the plate, Kevin Gausman gave Baltimore a clutch pitching performance and the visiting Orioles reached the postseason for the third time in five years.

BRAVES 1, TIGERS 0: Detroit was eliminated when Julio Teheran matched a career high with 12 strikeouts and Freddie Freeman hit a first-inning sacrifice fly for host Atlanta in the last game at Turner Field.

LEADERS: Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu won his first NL batting title, sitting out his second straight game to protect his one-point lead over the Nationals' Daniel Murphy. LeMahieu hit a majors-best .348. Astros second baseman Jose Altuve hit .338 won his second AL batting title in three years.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Robin Ventura announced he will not return as manager of the White Sox next season. Bench coach and former Cubs manager Rick Renteria will likely take over. … Right-handed reliever Jim Johnson and the Braves agreed to a two-year contract through the 2018 season.

Dazzling Moore guides Giants into postseason 10/02/16 [Last modified: Sunday, October 2, 2016 9:12pm]
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