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The Mets' season is over because their closer couldn't close

It’s the San Francisco Giants who go on to play the Chicago Cubs in the National League Division Series.

Familia: gave up the game-winning homer to Conor Gillaspie.
Familia: gave up the game-winning homer to Conor Gillaspie.
Image: Kathy Willens

CONOR GILLASPIE BELTED a three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning to lift the San Francisco Giants to a 3-0 victory over the New York Mets in the National League wildcard game.

Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner produced another playoff gem, throwing a four-hit shutout as San Francisco ousted the defending National League champions to book a NL Division Series against the Chicago Cubs.

The Giants, winners of the World Series in 2010, 2012 and 2014, will be aiming to douse the fervent hopes of a Cubs team who have amassed the best regular-season record in the major leagues as they chase a first World Series title since 1908.

The Giants have now won their last six knockout games dating back to the 2012 National League Division Series.

The Giants defied the dominance of Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard, who took a no-hitter into the sixth inning.

But Brandon Crawford led off the top of the ninth with a double against Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia.

After Familia struck out Angel Pagan, Joe Panik walked to bring Gillaspie to the plate.

Gillaspie, who started at third base only because Eduardo Nunez had a strained hamstring, belted a 1-1 pitch over the right field fence to put the Giants up 3-0.

Giants Mets Baseball Curtis Granderson's over-the-shoulder catch kept the Mets in the game. Source: Kathy Willens

“I was trying to get something elevated, that was pretty much my only chance against him,” said Gillaspie.

“Pretty much the whole game I was spinning off balls, so I was telling myself to stay in there as much as I could, and trust I could get there.”

Giants Mets Baseball Gillaspie is congratulated by third base coach Roberto Kelly after hitting the winning homer. Source: Kathy Willens

Bumgarner retired three straight Mets batters in the bottom of the frame to seal the win.

“Great to move on and get going to Chicago,” said Bumgarner.

“Ain’t much to say. That’s a big game for us right there, and we were fortunate to get some late runs, and we got the win.”

© AFP 2016

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