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Padres Vs. Giants Preview: San Francisco On Verge Of Clinching NL West Crown

A day after opening the series with a 5-1 win, the San Francisco Giants have a chance on Saturday to not only win the series, but lock up the National League West. The Giants can clinch their second NL West title in three years with a win on Saturday and a loss by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Giants (88-63) have made what was once a close race into a bit of a no-contest, winning nine of their last 10 games to pull away from the Dodgers and distant Arizona Diamondbacks.

Ryan Vogelsong threw a gem on Friday night, giving up one run in six innings as he claimed his 13th win of the season, tying a career high. Buster Posey was 1-for-4 but made it count, picking up the game-winning hit in the fifth inning when he drove home Gregor Blanco. RBIs from Marco Scutaro and Pablo Sandoval in the sixth added to the lead.

In Saturday's second game of the series, Madison Bumgarner takes the mound for the Giants in search of his 16th win of the year. San Diego will give the ball to rookie Andrew Werner who is 2-1 with a 3.68 ERA on the season.

First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. PT at AT&T Park.

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