Although the Los Angeles Dodgers created some separation between themselves and the San Francisco Giants, Monday’s series began with plenty still at stake.

The Dodgers’ magic number to clinch the division was at three games and with two wins or sweeping the series, the Giants could again apply pressure to the Dodgers. Dan Haren gave up a solo home run to begin the game and the Giants led 2-0 before the Dodgers could get on the board.

They eventually tied the game in the fifth inning and the game went into extra innings. Brandon Belt led reached on an infield single in the 11th inning and it was followed by a Juan Perez single to center. Belt made a soft turn at second base before deciding not to test Yasiel Puig’s arm.

Brandon League gave up a third consecutive base hit and Belt was waved home. Not the most fleet-footed baserunner, Belt was thrown out at the plate by a couple of steps and the game remain tied. The Giants went on to win by scoring three runs off Kevin Correia in the 13th.

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Matt is a journalist from Whittier, California. A Cal State Long Beach graduate, Matthew occasionally contributes to Lakers Nation, and previously served as the lead editor and digital strategist at Dodgers Nation, and the co-editor and lead writer at Reign of Troy, where he covered USC Football. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mmoreno1015

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