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LAD@SF: Capuano allows two runs over seven innings

The Dodgers kept their slim postseason hopes alive in dramatic fashion Monday with a 3-2 walk-off victory over the Giants at Dodger Stadium.

To force a one-game playoff Thursday for the second Wild Card spot in the National League, the Dodgers need to win their final two games against the Giants and the Cardinals to lose their final two games against the Reds.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly isn't worried about the rivalry between the Giants and Dodgers affecting the series. The Giants will likely be the third seed in the National League.

"Right now, it's win one game," Mattingly said. "It doesn't matter who. I don't care if it's the Giants or whoever, the Astros. We've got to win a game today. I understand the rivalry and all that, but we need to win a game."

On Tuesday, Chris Capuano will pitch for the Dodgers, who have won six in a row. He allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings last time out. He hasn't had much success against the Giants this year, going 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA in two starts. In his career against the Giants, Capuano is 1-6 with a 5.21 ERA in 12 games (eight starts).

Barry Zito, the Giants' starter Tuesday, was solid in five starts in September, posting a 3.03 ERA and allowing just two homers in 29 2/3 innings. He gave up three runs on six hits over six innings in his last start, earning his fourth consecutive win.

"It's been fun to watch how he's bounced back," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said after Zito's last start. "I'm happy for him. He's been through a lot, but he's always been ready to go and determined."

Zito hasn't taken a loss since Aug. 2.

Giants: Division Series rotation past Game 2 TBA
Matt Cain will start Saturday's Division Series opener and Madison Bumgarner will likely start Game 2. Bochy might not commit to a starter beyond that until the first two games have been played.

Tim Lincecum, Ryan Vogelsong or Barry Zito could pitch in relief in one of the first two games, which would require a change to the Division Series rotation. The Giants intend to employ a four-man rotation in the postseason, so one starter would go to the bullpen anyway.

In Game 6 of the NL Championship Series two years ago, Bochy used Bumgarner and Lincecum out of the bullpen. That move didn't affect Bochy's plans because Cain was scheduled to pitch the next day and the Giants clinched the series that night.

Dodgers: Ellis bounces back from September funk
Catcher A.J. Ellis hit .137 (7-for-51) with only one RBI in 18 games to start the month of September. In his last seven games, he's batting .375 (9-for-24) with eight RBIs.

Ellis was quick to point the attention elsewhere.

"RBIs are a product of guys on base in front of me," Ellis said. "There's been a lot of traffic out there."

Mattingly said he thought Ellis' ninth-inning double on Sept. 23 that snapped an 0-for-30 slump could've helped in his recent turnaround.

"He's driven some balls into the gap and gotten some hits," Mattingly said. "He seems better at the plate. We're not quite sure why he hit that little spell. He had another one a little earlier in the year." Comments