MLB Baseball

Giants, Padres finish high-stakes series

(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Right-hander Kevin Gausman will continue his pursuit of the lead position in the San Francisco Giants' playoff rotation when the National League West leaders wrap up a four-game home series against the San Diego Padres on Thursday afternoon.

The Giants (95-51) won the first two games of the series, including a 9-1 decision in the series opener on Monday to clinch an NL playoff spot. However, the Padres prevailed 9-6 on Wednesday to end San Francisco's nine-game winning streak.

With the second-place Los Angeles Dodgers (94-53) having won six in a row, San Francisco's division lead is down to 1 1/2 games. The runner-up in that race will be relegated to the NL wild-card game.

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