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Giants clinch NL West, set up Dodgers-Cardinals Wild Card Game

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San Francisco Giants pitcher Logan Webb throws a baseball into the stands after the Giants clinched the National League West division title Sunday at Oracle Park in San Francisco. Photo by George Nikitin/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/9edef8c91fcd57d2c545cfae0b1bd809/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
San Francisco Giants pitcher Logan Webb throws a baseball into the stands after the Giants clinched the National League West division title Sunday at Oracle Park in San Francisco. Photo by George Nikitin/UPI | License Photo

Oct. 4 (UPI) -- The San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers needed all 162 regular season games to decide the winner of the National League West. The Giants claimed the title with a win over the San Diego Padres in their finale.

Logan Webb allowed six hits and four runs over seven innings and hit a two-run home run to lead the Giants to the 11-4 victory Sunday in San Francisco.

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"It felt like we had to win every game for the last month, and we were pretty close to doing that," Giants catcher Buster Posey told reporters.

"It was a grind. When you think about winning 107 games, you think that you're going to get to relax the last 10 days or so, at least, of the season. It makes it all the more special to come down to the last day and to play as well as we did on this last day."

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The Giants (107-55) secured the No. 1 playoff seed in the National League with the victory. The Dodgers (106-56) beat the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday in Los Angeles, but finished second in the division and claimed a spot in the Wild Card Game.

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They face the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday in the elimination game. The winner faces the Giants in the National League Division Series.

The Giants' win Sunday ended the Dodgers' streak of eight-consecutive National League West division titles. The Giants, who finished third in the division last season, claimed the crown for the first time since 2012.

Webb carried an 11-1 lead into the eighth inning Sunday in San Francisco. He left the game after he allowed three-consecutive singles to lead off the frame. He allowed an RBI single in his final exchange. Relief pitcher Kevin Castro allowed another RBI single in the next at-bat.

The Giants bullpen allowed just one hit in two shutout innings to secure the division-clinching victory. Webb went 2 for 3 with two RBIs, three runs scored, a walk and a strikeout.

Giants first baseman Wilmer Flores and catcher Buster Posey logged two hits apiece. Posey also drove in three runs and drew a walk.

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Padres starter Reiss Knehr allowed three hits and two runs in three innings. Center fielder Trent Grisham went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored in the loss. All-Star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts.

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The Giants host the Dodgers or Cardinals in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday in San Francisco. The Dodgers host the Cardinals in the NL Wild Card Game at 8:10 p.m. EDT Wednesday at Dodger Stadium. That game airs on TBS.

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