9. Oct. 3-5, 1980 — Dodgers force one-game playoff against Houston Astros

Dodger Stadium was the site of one of the greatest regular-season finishes of all-time. The Dodgers swept the Houston Astros in their season-ending three-game series to erase a three-game deficit to their division-leading visitors and force a one-game playoff. Each of the three games was decided by the narrowest of margins. Joe Ferguson's 10th-inning walk-off home run won the first game, 3-2. Jerry Reuss outdueled Nolan Ryan and pitched a complete game to win the second game, 2-1. Roy Cey hit a go-ahead, two-run home run in the eighth inning and Don Sutton came out of the bullpen in the ninth inning to preserve a 4-3 victory in the third game. However, the Dodgers ran out of magic a day later. Starter Dave Goltz lasted only three innings as the Astros blasted the Dodgers 7-1 to advance to the National League Championship Series.
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