The Los Angeles Dodgers clinched baseball’s final playoff berth and gave themselves a chance to still win the NL West, getting a go-ahead triple from Manny Machado in the eighth inning Saturday and beating the San Francisco Giants 10-6.

San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Crawford (35) slides safe at home against Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal (9) during the second inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Jim Gensheimer)

The defending NL champions locked up their sixth straight trip to the postseason, assuring at least a spot in the wild-card game. The Dodgers joined Colorado, Atlanta, the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee in the NL playoff field.

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy (13) strikes out with runners on base against the San Francisco Giants during the fifth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Jim Gensheimer)
Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig (66) celebrates his home run against the San Francisco Giants during the second inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Jim Gensheimer)

Los Angeles began the day one game behind Colorado for the division lead, and the Rockies hosted Washington later in the day. The regular season is scheduled to end Sunday — if Los Angeles and Colorado finish even, there will be a one-game tiebreaker for the West title Monday at Dodger Stadium.

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) throws against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Jim Gensheimer)

The Dodgers’ win eliminated St. Louis from playoff contention. The Cardinals beat the Cubs earlier in the day to preserve their postseason chances for another few hours.

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) celebrates scoring a home run with Justin Turner (10) during the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Jim Gensheimer)
Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) celebrates scoring a home run with Justin Turner (10) during the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Jim Gensheimer)

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San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Dereck Rodriguez (57) throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Jim Gensheimer)

Source: The Associated Press

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