Clayton Kershaw didn’t have his usual stuff Wednesday — he gave up eight hits, was called for a balk and and committed an error on a throw over to first base. However, he battled as he’s done so often in his career and turned in eight innings with 11 strikeouts.

Kershaw also flashed some leather with a behind-the-back stop on a chopper hit up the middle and chipped in with an RBI triple in the fifth inning that tied the game. The Los Angeles Dodgers eventually scored four runs in the sixth and four more in the eighth to pull away from the San Francisco Giants and clinched the NL West division.

Brian Wilson took the mound in the ninth inning and retired three consecutive batters after allowing a leadoff double. Wilson got help from Darwin Barney on the final out as the defensive-minded infielder made a sliding stop on a ball hit to his left and the celebration began once the final out was recorded.

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