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Feb 12, 19 at 12:44am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — teammates want to win their way back into the playoffs Gleyber Torres Jersey , no help necessary during the season’s final weekend.Turner hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the fifth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers moved to the brink of securing baseball’s final playoff berth by beating the San Francisco Giants 3-1 on Friday night.“We want to win our way into the postseason, we don’t want to rely on someone else losing to get us in,” Turner said.The Dodgers remained one game behind NL West-leading Colorado. They also extended their lead to two games over St. Louis for the second NL wild-card spot with two left to play.Los Angeles, which has won the last five division crowns, will go to lefty ace Clayton Kershaw on Saturday.Colorado locked up a second straight playoff berth by beating the Nationals at home earlier Friday and the Rockies are chasing the franchise’s first division title.“If we win, good things are obviously in store for us,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, noting of the Rockies: “They’re winning baseball games. We’ve got to keep pace.”Hyun-Jin Ryu (7-3) allowed one run on four hits over six innings to win his third straight start. He gave up Nick Hundley’s leadoff homer in the second but the defense then backed its pitchers by turning a season-high five double plays — including one to end the game.“Their focus is incredible,” Ryu said of the defense, speaking through a translator. “I know the seven guys behind me will make plays.”Kenley Jansen, the fifth Dodgers reliever, finished for his 38th save.The Dodgers had to get by Madison Bumgarner (6-7) in the series opener, and Turner’s homer off the lefty ace broke a 1-all tie.Roberts went with a right-handed lineup against the 2014 World Series MVP that left 103 home runs on the bench to begin the night — no Max Muncy and his 33 clouts, nor Joc Pederson (24) Tyler Austin Jersey , Cody Bellinger (24) or Yasiel Puig (22).MadBum asked to push back his scheduled Wednesday start against San Diego to pitch a game in the final weekend that mattered against the contending Dodgers. He gave up three runs on seven hits in six innings, struck out six and walked one.Turner followed Enrique Hernandez’s third single of the night with a drive into the seats in left-center. Manny Machado hit a tying RBI single in the third.“I’d like to have the one to (Turner) and Machado back if I could go back and take them back,” Bumgarner said.PACKINGWith the uncertainty of the playoff scenarios, the Dodgers aren’t sure where they will go after Sunday’s regular-season finale. Roberts packed for six days when he left Los Angeles this week, for the hot weather of Phoenix to the cool fall temperatures in San Francisco and Denver.“Everyone did it different,” Roberts said. “My suitcase was regular standard. Some guys might have gone a little bit lighter, some might have packed for two weeks.”WILLIE MAC AWARDGiants lefty reliever Will Smith won the Willie Mac Award, named for the Hall of Famer and is voted on by the players, coaches and training staff to recognize the team’s most inspirational player both on the field and in the clubhouse. Smith came back this season after missing a year following Tommy John surgery.TRAINER’S ROOMDodgers: RHP Ross Stripling, who has struggled since coming off his second stint on the disabled list with a lower back injury and lost his last three starts, could be available in relief Sunday. Roberts didn’t expect to use him the first two games of the series out of the bullpen.UP NEXTDodgers: Kershaw (9-5, 2.53 ERA) has yet to beat the Giants this season in three previous starts. He is 6-1 with a 2.34 ERA in 12 second-half starts.Giants: Rookie Dereck Rodriguez (6-4, 2.50) faces the Dodgers for the first time. He has pitched well but San Francisco has lost his last six outings and eight of 10. MILWAUKEE (AP) — Chris Archer blamed nobody but himself for the Pittsburgh Pirates‘ loss to Milwaukee.Mike Moustakas and Manny Piña each hit a two-run homer in the third inning, Jonathan Schoop went deep in the seventh and the Brewers beat the Pirates 7-4 on Sunday.The Brewers rocked Archer (4-7) for six runs and six hits in the third, when two close calls in the outfield started the trouble for Pittsburgh.“I didn’t execute Clint Frazier Jersey ,” Archer said. “Five consecutive hits. I didn’t throw the ball where I wanted to, and they capitalized on every single one. One or two mistakes, that’s OK. A six-run inning is inexcusable.”A pair of fine defensive efforts by the Pirates came up short and set the stage for the Brewers’ big inning.Right fielder Gregory Polanco had the ball pop out of his glove on a long sacrifice fly by Jesus Aguilar. Center fielder Starling Marte raced and dove for Travis Shaw’s sinking liner, but the ball trickled free for a double. Ryan Braun followed with an RBI single.“There are tipping points in the game every day,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “Those were a couple of them, for sure.”Still, he praised the defensive effort.“The one that cracked my heart a little bit was Marte laying out in center field, catching the ball, but it rolled out of his glove,” Hurdle said. “He gave his best effort. It was everything you want to see from a guy who’s won a Gold Glove.”Even Brewers manager Craig Counsell tipped his cap to Marte.“He made a great attempt to make a great play,” Counsell said. “Travis hit a ball hard, and Marte made a great effort.”Schoop hit a solo shot in the seventh off Nick Kingham, recalled Saturday from Triple-A Indianapolis.Chase Anderson (9-7) cruised through the first four innings for Milwaukee. He allowed Adeiny Hechavarria’s two-out RBI double in the fifth, then fell apart in the sixth.Adam Frazier, who hit a three-run homer in the Pirates’ 9-1 win Saturday night [url=http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/authentic-mark-mcgwire-jersey]http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/authentic-mark-mcgwire-jersey[/url] , teed off on Anderson for a two-run shot and Polanco followed with a solo drive that pulled the Pirates to 6-4. A single by Francisco Cervelli chased Anderson with nobody out and brought on Josh Hader.Corey Dickerson grounded to second baseman Schoop, who tossed to shortstop Orlando Arcia at second. Cervelli slid into Arcia as he made the relay throw to first. Second base umpire D.J. Reyburn called Cervelli out for interference and gave the Brewers a double play. Elias Diaz grounded out to end the inning.Hader followed up with a 1-2-3 seventh, and Joakim Soria worked around two infield throwing errors in the eighth. Jeremy Jeffress, who blew a save Friday night, pitched the ninth for his seventh save.Archer, who exited his previous start against Atlanta after four innings with left leg discomfort, walked two and struck out five in his second career start against Milwaukee. His first, a 2-1 victory, came as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays last August.TRAINER’S ROOMPirates: INF Josh Harrison wasn’t going to play in a precautionary move, but he did pinch-hit in the fifth. He’s been dealing with a left hamstring issue and left Saturday night’s game in the eighth after hustling from first on a double by Kevin Newman. “Everything was fine up to that point,” Harrison said. Asked if a trip to the disabled list was possible, he said: “I don’t plan on it.”Brewers: In the seventh, Pirates reliever Kyle Crick hit Shaw with a pitch just above the right knee. After a brief delay, Shaw trotted down to first. He had a huge red mark on his thigh after the game, but said he’d be ready to go Tuesday.IT’S A FIRSTThe victory gave the Brewers their first series win against Pittsburgh this season. Milwaukee improved to 4-9 vs. the Pirates overall with two three-game series remaining between the NL Central rivalsNO COMPLAINT FROM HURDLECervelli aimed for Arcia instead of the bag while trying to break up the double play. After a slight delay Stephen Piscotty Jersey , Reyburn signaled Cervelli out for interference.“It’s a book rule,” Hurdle said. “If he doesn’t call it, they’re going to review it and get the call in New York. You have to make an attempt to get to the bag. It’s a rule. Unfortunately, we didn’t make an attempt to get to the bag on the slide.”RED HOTFrazier is batting .354 (29 for 82) with 11 doubles, four homers, 17 RBIs and a 1.034 OPS in 26 games since being recalled on July 25. His seventh home run of the season was his fourth in seven games against the Brewers dating to last September. During that span, he’s batting .429 (12 for 28) with 12 RBIs vs. Milwaukee.UP NEXTPirates: RHP Ivan Nova (7-8, 4.20 ERA) pitches against RHP Jack Flaherty (7-6, 2.97) and the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday in the opener of a three-game road series.Brewers: RHP Junior Guerra (6-8, 3.72) makes his fourth start this season against Cincinnati on Tuesday as the Brewers begin a six-game road trip.