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Giants’ 3-0 shutout puts them in sight of a wild card berth

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Thanks to Ty Blach, the Giants have penciled themselves into either a tiebreaker against the Cardinals or the wild card showdown on Wednesday against the Mets.

The rookie left-hander dazzled in his fourth major league appearance, pitching eight shutout innings with three hits, a walk, and six strikeouts. Paired with Clayton Kershaw, who fired seven innings of three-run ball in his fourth loss of the year, the Giants clocked out at two hours and 15 minutes for their shortest game of the year.

After four innings of a pitcher’s duel, Angel Pagan finally broke through with a solo home run in the fifth, a 95-m.p.h. rocket off of Kershaw’s heater. Brandon Crawford and Gordon Beckham padded the lead with an RBI single and sac fly in the seventh inning. The Dodgers, on the other hand, were flummoxed by Blach and right-hander Sergio Romo, who didn’t allow a single runner in scoring position after the second inning.

The Giants’ win not only secured their place in a wild card contest, but granted home-field advantage to the Nationals, who will go head-to-head against the Dodgers on Friday. Max Scherzer is expected to take the hill against Clayton Kershaw.

Giants place Samardjiza on IL due to shoulder impingement

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LOS ANGELES — Jeff Samardjiza has been placed on the 10-day injured list by the San Francisco Giants due to right shoulder impingement.

Manager Gabe Kapler said before Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers that the right-hander told trainers and the coaching staff that he felt like wasn’t able to get the arm loose during Friday’s game. Samardjiza is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Saturday.

Samardjiza went four-plus innings and allowed six runs on seven hits in a 7-2 loss to the Dodgers. He is 0-2 with a 9.88 ERA in three starts.

The Giants have recalled left-hander Andrew Suarez from their alternate training site, but Kapler said he hasn’t finalized a revised starting rotation.