Dodgers 8, Pirates 4 - Dodgers Cinch Playoffs Berth!

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The Dodgers clinched a postseason berth for the third time in four years Saturday night with an 8-4 comeback win over the Pirates.

Dodgers starter Randy Wolf left after 6 1/3 innings with a 3-1 lead, but when Hong-Chih Kuo, George Sherrill and that seventh inning were over, the Pirates led, 4-3. Wolf, Kuo and Sherrill each walked a batter in the inning, with two of them scoring. Former Dodger Andy LaRoche homered for Pittsburgh.

The Dodgers reclaimed the lead in a four-run eighth inning that included four walks -- Andre Ethier and Orlando Hudson with the bases loaded -- and a two-run pinch-single by Jim Thome.

The Dodgers had built a 3-0 lead after four innings against Paul Maholm. Reserves Juan Pierre had a triple and scored a run and Mark Loretta had two hits and an RBI. Manny Ramirez, 2-for-17 coming into the game, had a double, single, three walks, an RBI and two runs scored.

The last time the Dodgers reached the postseason three times in a four-year span was 1963-66. The magic number for clinching the National League West is three, with the Rockies still playing Saturday night. The Dodgers haven't finished first in consecutive seasons since 1977-78.


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