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Giants couldn’t chase down a Game 4 win, so season-long grapple with the Dodgers comes down to 1 game


Gabe Kapler’s neon orange turf shoes beat a path between the dugout and mound. The Giants had recorded all of seven outs when their manager summoned his fourth pitcher. Every circuit from the top step and every point to the bullpen was a desperate attempt to hold a rattling lid on a pot that was about to boil over.

The Dodgers were the team facing elimination Tuesday night. The Giants were the ones using survival tactics.

And after the Dodgers dismissed Anthony DeSclafani in the second inning, after they created more multitudes on the basepaths than Abraham, after calm conditions returned to Chavez Ravine and offered no interference to home runs from Mookie Betts and Will Smith, and after they claimed a 7-2 victory that the Giants didn’t have the powder to chase down in front of a thumping, sellout crowd, this NL Division Series and this season-long war of attrition between 109-win archrivals has been reduced to one final grapple.

It will be a pinfall for one, a pitfall for the other.

The Giants and Dodgers will play a decisive Game 5 Thursday night on the shores of McCovey Cove. Young right-hander and budding ace Logan Webb, who hasn’t lost in 21 consecutive starts since May 5, will take the ball for the Giants. Left-hander Julio Urías, a 20-game winner who threw the final pitch of the Dodgers’ 2020 championship season, will be entrusted to rise to the occasion again.





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