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Mark McGwire

Riding high in summer, Dodgers on brink of wipeout in fall

The Dodgers were baseball's best team during the regular season, piling up 104 wins, blasting 53 homers in June and finishing up a 43-7 run in August.

Now, they're one loss away from being eliminated in their first World Series appearance since 1988.

Riding high in summer, potentially knocked out in fall.

All that early success could be wiped out with four defeats in October, leaving the Dodgers without the title they so desperately crave and last won 29 years ago.

"It would certainly be disheartening and disappointing," manager Dave Roberts said Monday. "At the outset, our goal was to be the last team standing and we still have that...