There were no national networks here, and you couldn't find any playoff streamers or an auxiliary press box. But this was a playoff game, unofficially. The atmosphere at Dodger Stadium was electric and the stakes mattered.

Manager Bruce Bochy said he managed the Giants' 4-3 victory over the Dodgers Tuesday night much the way he would manage a playoff game, and afterward he put his feet on his desk and talked about a big win for his boys, led by Barry Zito.

But will Bochy be doing the same a week from now? He wouldn't commit to Zito for the postseason rotation, even though he already has committed to Zito for the postseason roster. Zito was 4-0 with a 3.03 ERA in September and was sharp in his lone October start.

The Giants haven't lost a Zito start since August 2. Still, Bochy won't publicly commit. He said he would get with his staff on Thursday and make final decisions, but he is very pleased with Zito.

"What a great job he did," Bochy said. "We've got to get together, but he's done just a terrific job. This is going to be a very difficult decision. He certainly has pitched great and I'm happy for him and proud of him."