How the Dodgers Beat the Giants to Reach the N.L.C.S.

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On two days of rest, Max Scherzer came out for the bottom of the ninth, looking for the first save of his major league career.

He got Brandon Crawford to line out to left for the first out. A grounder by Kris Bryant popped out of Justin Turner’s glove, allowing Bryant to reach first on the error. “Late Night” LaMonte Wade Jr. came up, but Scherzer was able to strike the Giants’ folk hero out on six pitches with a called strike three.

San Francisco’s last hope was Wilmer Flores. In a controversial call that will be replayed for years to come, Flores tried to check his swing on an 87-m.p.h. slider from Scherzer but the umpires declared him to have gone too far, ending the game on a judgment call of a matter of inches. The play was not reviewable.

The Dodgers are headed to the N.L.C.S.

Max Scherzer has not pitched in relief since Game 5 of the 2017 N.L.D.S., a loss to the Cubs.

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