Game 159: Brett Anderson states his case, gets his money.

Howie Kendrick

Howie Kendrick slides in safely under the tag of Giants catcher Trevor Brown in the third inning of the Dodgers’ 3-2 win Thursday. (Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO — Brett Anderson collected two more bonus checks Thursday, made a strong final case to start Game 3 of the National League Division Series, and drew the Dodgers one game closer to home-field advantage to begin the series by beating the Giants. The box score is here.

For Mets manager Terry Collins, the Dodger ties run deep, writes columnist Mark Whicker.

In today’s notebook: Yasiel Puig‘s recovery, the television show filming that interrupted Anderson’s warmups, and how the Giants’ two retiring pitchers helped a pair of Dodgers.

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Game 158: Dodgers spring a Leake in The Hangover Part IV.

Mike Bolsinger

Starter Mike Bolsinger was removed in the fourth inning of the Dodgers’ 5-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants. (Josie Lepe/Bay Area News Group)


SAN FRANCISCO — A playoff-clinching hangover was in full effect Wednesday. The Dodgers might have gained some clarity for their NLDS bullpen, but did little else in a 5-0 loss to the Giants. The box score is here.

Clayton Kershaw needs six strikeouts Sunday to become the first pitcher in 13 years to strike out 300 in a single season, but he’s voluntarily limiting his own chances of reaching the milestone.

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Game 157: Clayton Kershaw pitches the Dodgers into the postseason.

Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw (22) gets a hug from Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis (17) after the final out of the Dodgers’ 8-0 win over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

SAN FRANCISCO — Clayton Kershaw’s hair and hat and t-shirt were already drenched in Budweiser and Chandon Brut Classic when he spotted his wife and infant daughter in a corner of the Dodgers’ clubhouse at AT&T Park on Tuesday night. He kissed his wife, and cooed his daughter, and got a little more alcohol poured on him before the night was over.

Chandon Brut Classic is $264 a case. Kershaw’s pitching in the Dodgers’ 8-0, NL West-clinching win over the Giants was priceless. The box score is here.

Corey Seager has relegated Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers’ bench.

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Game 156: The Dodgers still have a magic number, no magic.

Andre Ethier

Andre Ethier reacts after he made the first of two outs on Chase Utley’s ground ball that ended the 11th inning Monday. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

SAN FRANCISCO — Hold the champagne — again. Alejandro De Aza’s sacrifice fly against Adam Liberatore in the 12th inning gave the Giants a 3-2 win over the Dodgers on Monday. The box score is here.

Kiké Hernandez returned from the disabled list after missing 27 games with a strained left hamstring. In the top of the 10th inning, he singled in his first at-bat since Aug. 30, and made a nice running catch in the bottom of the inning to preserve a 2-2 tie. He also singled in the 12th.

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Who will have home-field advantage in the National League Division Series?

DENVER — The New York Mets beat the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday to clinch the National League East. At 88-67, they’re in a virtual tie with the Dodgers (87-66) for the right to host the best-of-5 National League Division Series. Unless the San Francisco Giants stage a stunning comeback in the final nine games of the season, the Dodgers will play the Mets in the NLDS.

The Dodgers play the Colorado Rockies in an hour. Depending on the outcome, they’ll either be a half-game ahead or a half-game behind the Mets after today. New York has an off-day Monday, so the annoying half-game differential will disappear then.

Game 1 of the National League Division series is Friday, October 9. Game 2 is the following day. The series will then switch coasts for Game 3 on Monday, October 12.

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