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Dodgers Highlights: L.A. Wins Series vs Giants, Clinching Number Down to 6

The Dodgers beat the Giants, 7-3, on Wednesday afternoon in a game that was quite a bit closer than the final score. With the win, Los Angeles lowers its magic number to 6 to clinch the National League West.

Clayton Kershaw went six innings, with the only blemish a two-run homer to David Villar. Evan Phillips earned the win in relief, throwing 1.1 shutout innings.

Offensively, Max Muncy and Justin Turner each had three hits and a homer, while Trea Turner had an RBI double that put the Dodgers ahead for good.

Kershaw Day went very well

Kershaw went six innings, allowing two runs on five hits with eight strikeouts and no walks. On a sweltering L.A. afternoon, Kershaw’s approach was just to work quickly and throw strikes.

The star lefty was pleased with his performance, saying he only threw “three bad pitches.”

Kershaw got a no-decision after Justin Bruihl allowed a game-tying homer to David Villar, the same guy who had homered off Kersh. The two runs raised Kershaw’s season ERA ever so slightly to 2.62.

Gallo leaves early

Joey Gallo exited the game early after taking an Alex Cobb fastball off the elbow pad in the second inning. The pad seemed to do its job, as x-rays came back negative, but Gallo said it got his funny bone and left his arm tingling, so the Dodgers removed him for precautionary reasons.

Rookie Miguel Vargas replaced Gallo in left field, going 0-for-2 with a walk.

Max and JT come through big

After slow starts this season, both Muncy and Justin Turner have really turned on the jets recently. Turner is batting about .370 since mid-June, while Muncy has raised his OPS to .714.

On Wednesday afternoon, they both came through huge. JT hit a three-run homer to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 lead.

Later, with the Dodgers ahead 4-3, Muncy hit a three-run homer of his own for some much-needed insurance.

JT’s OPS for the season is up to .795, and Muncy’s homer was his 21st against the Giants in his career.

Trea snaps his funk

Trea Turner came into the game batting just .200 over his past seven games, and he started Wednesday’s game 0-for-4. He came up in the bottom of the eighth with Austin Barnes on second base representing the go-ahead run, and he ripped a line drive over Joc Pederson’s head in left field.

And because he’s Trea, even a “funk” is relative, as the double extended his latest hitting streak to six games.

Up next

The Dodgers have the day off on Thursday, then start a nine-game road trip on Friday in San Diego. A sweep of the Padres would clinch the National League West for the Boys in Blue.

Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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