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Giants still alive after walk-off win in 12th

The San Francisco Giants are still one loss in the next three days away from having to watch their rivals celebrate on their home field, but what they’ve done is still pretty impressive. They’re still in it, despite losing so many players for so many games, and they stayed in it with a 3-2 win tonight starring an unlikely cast of heroes.

— Jake Peavy gave up just one run over seven innings, while Zack Greinke recorded the same number of outs while giving up two runs.

— The Giants scored their first two runs on Trevor Brown’s double in the second inning. Brown was in Sacramento until Sept. 16.

— Brown drove in Marlon Byrd and Kelby Tomlinson. Byrd spent most of this season in Cincinnati. Tomlinson started the year in Richmond.

— The walk-off came on a sacrifice fly from Alejandro De Aza (who played in Baltimore and Boston this year), which scored Byrd, who moved from first to third on Tomlinson’s second hit of the night.

For all that’s happened to the Giants this year, it provided a little solace to see these teams operate on Monday night. Hunter Pence raising his arms after Tomlinson’s single in the 12th, while Don Mattingly somehow made seven pitching changes with none resulting in Kenley Jansen entering the game. No quit, even during a season when each day seemed to bring news that would make quitting seem like the most tempting option.

Hot take alert: The Dodgers are the better team this season. Their magic number is two, while the Giants’ 17-27 record in one-run games is the main reason why they’re five games behind the Dodgers despite a higher run differential than L.A.’s and a Pythagorean win-loss record of 87-69 — the same record that the Dodgers have currently.

But with the Dodgers losing four in a row, and the Giants winning three consecutive games after losing three straight games by the score of 5-4, there’s still a chance. If the Giants win out and the Dodgers lose the rest of their games, the Giants will win the division by a game. All they have to do is win Tuesday night’s Bumgarner/Kershaw clash, then let the good times roll. Since about 30% of all readers take everything literally, I don’t actually expect this to happen. But at least there’s still a reason to watch other than examining the younger players.

Extra BASGs

— The Dodgers’ double-play combo in extras was the same one that started playing together for the Phillies in 2003.

— I guess it worked, since the Dodgers tied it one batter later, but it sure was strange when Justin Turner (.290/.366/.484) bunted the runners over with no outs in the ninth.

— Mattingly is a huge fan of the five-man infield when the chips are down. And bunting.

— Kind of disappointed in this Jarrett Parker kid. Two straight games without a single home run.

— Marlon Byrd is 18 plate appearances away from his $8 million option for 2016 vesting. The Giants have six games left. Will the Giants sit Byrd for two games if the Dodgers clinch in the next few days?

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