Dodgers clinch sixth straight playoff trip, beat Giants 10-6

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The Los Angeles 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 San Francisco 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 joined Colorado, Atlanta, the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee in the NL playoff field.

Los Angeles began the day one game behind Colorado for the division lead, and the Rockies hosted Washington later in the day. The regular season is scheduled to end Sunday – if Los Angeles and Colorado finish even, there will be a one-game tiebreaker for the West title Monday at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers’ win eliminated St. Louis from playoff contention. The Cardinals beat the Cubs earlier in the day to preserve their postseason chances for another few hours.

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Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado (8) hits a RBI triple for the go ahead run against the San Francisco Giants during the eighth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Jim Gensheimer)
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