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LOS ANGELES -- A must-win game turned into a job the Los Angeles Dodgers couldn't get done.
"Everything kind of comes to a screeching halt," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "To not have that opportunity to move forward is painful."
The defeat left the Dodgers two games behind St. Louis with only one game left in the regular season. Los Angeles had won six in a row to stay in the race for the second NL wild-card spot, but Mark Ellis lined out to center field with a runner on second base to end it.
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"It doesn't feel that good right now," Ellis said in a silent clubhouse.
"There's a lot of intangibles that go into a team firing on all cylinders," losing pitcher Chris Capuano said.
The defending World Series champion Cardinals claimed the final berth in this year's major league playoffs. St. Louis will be at Atlanta on Friday in a one-game matchup to see which team advances to the division round.
The Dodgers knew early in their game that Cincinnati had beaten St. Louis 3-1, opening the door for them to remain in the chase. But they couldn't capitalize, and will miss the playoffs for the third straight season and first under the club's new ownership, including Magic Johnson and Mark Walter, who watched from their box.
"We're not so much into knocking people out," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "There's a lot of history between these two clubs. Both clubs have knocked each other out."
Zito (15-8) continued his best stretch since joining the Giants in 2007. They've won his past 11 outings; the left-hander has gone 7-0 for the first time since he won eight in a row with Oakland from June 28-Aug. 4, 2005.
"Personally, I don't like to read into numbers too much," Zito said. "Sometimes you go out there and feel kind of crappy and you win, and other times you feel great and you lose. [The streak] is just evidence that the team has been scoring a lot of runs and playing good 'D' when I'm on the mound."
The former AL Cy Young winner allowed two runs and six hits in six-plus innings, struck out six and walked one to put himself in contention for a start in the NL division series.
Sergio Romo got three outs in the ninth to earn his 14th save in 15 chances after Jeremy Affeldt gave up a leadoff single to Andre Ethier that had Dodgers fans on their feet to end the game. Pinch runner Dee Gordon stole second with two outs on a close play, but Ellis hit a liner that center fielder Angel Pagan charged in to catch.
"To see Pagan catch that ball, it's kind of like the season is pretty much over," Matt Kemp said.
Capuano (12-12) gave up two runs and five hits in three-plus innings, his shortest outing of the season. He allowed both home runs and didn't record any strikeouts or walks. The left-hander has lost five consecutive decisions against the Giants and fell to 1-7 in 13 career games against them.
"Kind of a bitter pill for us to swallow," Capuano said. "We really battled to the last out and had a chance. The last week has been fun. It's disappointing we couldn't finish it."
He bruised his left shoulder in San Diego when he hit himself with a weighted doughnut off his bat while loosening up, but Capuano said it didn't bother him on the mound.
Ellis pumped his right arm as he rounded first base and the crowd of 42,473 erupted. After pinch-hitter Nick Punto struck out looking, Mark Ellis doubled to deep center, but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple.
"Yeah, I think he got excited," Mattingly said.
That proved costly as Shane Victorino tripled, and was stranded when Kemp struck out swinging against George Kontos to end the inning, slamming his bat to the ground. Kemp was hitless in four at-bats, with three strikeouts.
"It's kind of going to stick with me for a while," Kemp said. "It hurts. I just didn't do my job. It's my fault."
Posey led off the second with his 24th home run. The Dodgers answered right back, tying the game at 1 on Luis Cruz's RBI groundout to third base after Hanley Ramirez tripled in the bottom of the inning.
Arias homered leading off the third, giving the Giants a 2-1 lead. In the fourth, Dodgers fans cheered when the video board displayed the final score of the St. Louis game.
The Giants added two runs in the fifth on Marco Scutaro's RBI double in the right field corner off Jamey Wright, extending his hitting streak to a career-best 19 games, the longest current streak in the majors this season. Pagan, who walked leading off, beat the throw home to make it 4-1.
|The Dodgers can't capitalize on the Cardinals loss, falling to the Giants and being eliminated from postseason contention. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Angel Pagan, CF||3||1||2||0||1||0||0||.289|
|Marco Scutaro, 2B||4||0||2||2||0||0||1||.306|
|Pablo Sandoval, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.282|
|Buster Posey, 1B||4||1||2||1||0||2||2||.337|
|Brandon Belt, 1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.276|
|Hunter Pence, RF||3||0||0||0||1||2||1||.254|
|Xavier Nady, LF||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.189|
|Gregor Blanco, LF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.244|
|Hector Sanchez, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.278|
|Joaquin Arias, SS||4||2||1||1||0||1||1||.272|
|Jeremy Affeldt, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Sergio Romo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Barry Zito, P||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.075|
|Guillermo Mota, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|George Kontos, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Javier Lopez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Santiago Casilla, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Brandon Crawford, SS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.249|
|2B - Angel Pagan (38, Tolleson), Marco Scutaro (32, Wright)|
|HR - Buster Posey (24, Capuano), Joaquin Arias (5, Capuano)|
|RBI - Marco Scutaro 2 (74), Buster Posey (102), Joaquin Arias (34)|
|2-OUT RBI - Marco Scutaro 2 (28)|
|CS - Gregor Blanco (5, 2nd base by League/Ellis)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Outfield Assists - Angel Pagan 1|
|DP - Arias-Scutaro-Posey|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Barry Zito (W,15-8)||6||6||2||2||1||6||0||4.15|
|Guillermo Mota (H,10)||0.2||3||1||1||0||1||1||5.23|
|George Kontos (H,5)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.53|
|Javier Lopez (H,18)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.50|
|Santiago Casilla (H,12)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.84|
|Sergio Romo (S,14)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.79|
|IBB - Ellis by Barry Zito|
|HBP - Ethier (by Barry Zito)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Barry Zito 97-57, Guillermo Mota 19-13, George Kontos 5-3, Javier Lopez 5-2, Santiago Casilla 8-6, Jeremy Affeldt 4-3, Sergio Romo 12-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Barry Zito 5-6, Javier Lopez 1-0, Santiago Casilla 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Barry Zito 25, Guillermo Mota 4, George Kontos 1, Javier Lopez 1, Santiago Casilla 2, Jeremy Affeldt 1, Sergio Romo 3|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Mark Ellis, 2B||5||0||1||0||0||0||2||.259|
|Shane Victorino, LF||4||0||2||0||0||1||0||.257|
|Matt Kemp, CF||4||0||0||0||0||3||3||.304|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.299|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.258|
|Luis Cruz, 3B||4||0||0||1||0||0||2||.296|
|Brandon League, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Andre Ethier, RF||3||1||2||0||0||1||1||.283|
|Dee Gordon, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.228|
|A.J. Ellis, C||3||1||1||2||1||1||1||.270|
|Chris Capuano, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.093|
|Jamey Wright, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Matt Guerrier, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Juan Rivera, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.241|
|Shawn Tolleson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ronald Belisario, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Nick Punto, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.222|
|Kenley Jansen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Elian Herrera, 3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.249|
|c- Bobby Abreu, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.242|
|a-singled for Guerrier in the 5th|
|b-struck out for Belisario in the 7th|
|c-flied out for Herrera in the 9th|
|2B - Mark Ellis (21, Mota), Shane Victorino (29, Zito), Andre Ethier (35, Zito)|
|3B - Shane Victorino (7, Mota), Hanley Ramirez (4, Zito)|
|HR - A.J. Ellis (13, Mota)|
|RBI - Luis Cruz (40), A.J. Ellis 2 (52)|
|SB - Hanley Ramirez (21, 2nd base off Zito/H. Sanchez), Dee Gordon (32, 2nd base off Romo/H. Sanchez)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - L. Cruz-Ellis-Gonzalez, H. Ramirez-Ellis-Gonzalez, H. Ramirez-Ellis-Gonzalez|
|E - Jamey Wright (5, Throwing)|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Chris Capuano (L,12-12)||3||5||2||2||0||0||2||3.72|
|IBB - Pagan by Jamey Wright|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chris Capuano 39-22, Jamey Wright 26-16, Matt Guerrier 6-4, Shawn Tolleson 27-16, Ronald Belisario 2-1, Kenley Jansen 13-9, Brandon League 11-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Capuano 4-4, Jamey Wright 2-0, Shawn Tolleson 1-1, Ronald Belisario 1-0, Brandon League 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Chris Capuano 13, Jamey Wright 8, Matt Guerrier 1, Shawn Tolleson 6, Ronald Belisario 1, Kenley Jansen 3, Brandon League 3|
|Attendance - 42473|
|Game Time - 3:29|
|Temperature - 83|
|Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Dan Bellino, Third Base - Jerry Layne|