Game 4: Giants 3, Braves 2 (Giants win series 3-games-to-1)
Bobby Cox’s incredible career ended with another difficult loss in the playoffs as the Giants rallied once again to defeat the Braves 3-2 to close out the NLDS. All four games of this National League Division Series were decided by one run. Cody Ross was the difference for San Francisco in Game 4 as he put the Giants on the board in the top of the sixth with a solo home run and then drove in the game’s winning run on an RBI single to left field to give the Giants the 3-2 lead in the seventh inning. Prior to Ross’ go-ahead single, the Giants tied the game off another Braves error as Alex Gonzalez bobbled the ball and could not make a throw on a ground ball by Juan Uribe. The Braves made two errors in this game giving them a total of seven in four games. Brian McCann had given the Braves a 2-1 with a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth.

Rookie starter Madison Bumgarner picked up the win after limiting Atlanta to two runs in 6.0 innings of work. Brian Wilson came on in the ninth and closed the door on the Braves after allowing two batters to reach on walks. It was Wilson’s second save of the series. Derek Lowe lost his second game of the series as it appeared Cox let him face one too many batters as he allowed three runs (two earned) in 6.1 innings. The Giants made a nice gesture as they cut their celebration short to honor Cox by tipping their caps at the manager as he came out to cheers from the crowd. The Giants will meet the Phillies in the NLCS in what could be a fantastic pitching series.

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