Andrew Toles scores on Chase Utley's single in the eighth inning. ROB LEITER/MLB PHOTOS
Andrew Toles scores on Chase Utley’s single in the eighth inning. ROB LEITER/MLB PHOTOS

Clayton Kershaw was out of the game, his head down in the dugout, the Los Angeles bullpen faltering and the season slipping away.

Chase Utley plucked the Dodgers from the brink, singling home the tiebreaking run with two outs in the eighth inning.

Suddenly, Game 5 was on the horizon.

One more chance to pursue the club’s first World Series appearance in 28 years.

The Dodgers avoided elimination Tuesday with a 6-5 victory over theWashington Nationals that forced a deciding game in their NL playoff.

Jansen worked the ninth for a save, one day after giving up four late runs during Los Angeles’ loss in Game 3.

The finale is Thursday in Washington, with 20-game winner Max Scherzer set to pitch for the Nationals.

(Associated Press)

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