Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann (16) tags out San Francisco Giants’ Pat Burrell at the plate during the seventh inning Monday in Atlanta.
ATLANTA (AP) -- San Francisco won another thriller and the Giants are off to the NL championship series for the first time since 2002.
For Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox, there are no more games.
Cody Ross homered and drove in the go-ahead run with a seventh-inning single, leading the Giants to a 3-2 victory over the Braves in Game 4 that clinched the NLDS that was tight and tense to the last out.
Every game was decided by one run. The Giants won three of them to take the best-of-five series and earn a shot against the two-time defending NL champion Phillies. Game 1 is Saturday at Philadelphia.
After Melky Cabrera grounded out with two runners aboard to end the series and Cox's career, the fans chanted "Bobby! Bobby! Bobby!" The retiring manager finally came out of the dugout and tipped his cap. Even the Giants halted their celebration, clapping for Cox and tipping their caps from the winning side of the field.
Later, Cox called it "a nice gesture" by Giants as he heads into retirement.
Cox heads for the rocking chair as the fourth winningest manager in baseball history with 2,504 regular-season victories. In 16 trips to the playoffs -- one with Toronto, 15 with the Braves -- Cox's teams captured only one World Series title, in 1995.
The Giants move on to Philadelphia where the NLCS starts Saturday night. The Giants have Tim Lincecum (LINZ'-ih-kuhm) lined up to start the NLCS opener against Roy Halladay, who pitched a no-hitter last week in his postseason debut. The Phillies and Giants split six games this season.