Dodgers Clinch Berth in 2018 MLB Playoffs with Win over Giants

Los Angeles Dodgers' Manny Machado, right, celebrates his three-run home run with Justin Turner and Max Muncy, left, during the third inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Jae C. Hong/Associated Press

The Los Angeles Dodgers made it a closer call than anyone expected, but they’re headed back to the postseason.

The Dodgers clinched their sixth straight MLB playoff berth Saturday with a 10-6 win over the San Francisco Giants. Alex Wood was credited with the win after pitching 1.1 of scoreless relief. A four-run ninth inning helped propel Los Angeles to victory. Manny Machado went 2-of-5 and gave the Dodgers a 6-5 lead with an RBI triple in the eighth.

A year removed from reaching Game 7 of the World Series, the Dodgers spent most of 2018 battling to make it to October. They entered September one game out of the NL West lead and 2.5 games behind for the second wild-card slot.

The Colorado Rockies led the West as late as Sept. 16. But a three-game sweep of Bud Black’s team in a late-season

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