LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It's football season, so Brian Jordan is playing good baseball.
Jordan, the Dodgers' best hitter this month, hit a grand slam to help Los Angeles beat San Francisco 7-6 Monday night and tie the Giants for the NL wild-card lead.
"It's just good to have an opportunity to be in it and play for something," he said. "I'm just going to do whatever it takes to try to get to Atlanta."
Jordan is a former defensive back with the Falcons, and he could return to Atlanta to play the Braves if the Dodgers make the playoffs.
Marquis Grissom's high-flying catch at the center field wall prevented a game-tying home run by Rich Aurilia in the ninth inning.
"That was the play of the day and it saved us," said Jordan, who this month has 20 RBIs in 15 games and a team-leading five homers,
After the catch, Eric Gagne struck out Jeff Kent, who homered in the first, and intentionally walked Barry Bonds to put the tying run at first. Bonds was stranded when Benito Santiago struck out to end the game.
"It's the greatest baseball game that I have ever been involved in in my life," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. "I would beg to differ if you could find me a better catch in a more critical situation than was made by Marquis Grissom to start the ninth inning."
Aurilia said he hit Gagne's fastball squarely and figured it might leave the park.
"I didn't know he had it until he threw it in," he said. "He made a great play."
Grissom, a four-time Gold Glove winner in the mid-1990s, credited his catch to practicing similar plays for the last couple of years. "I just looked at it as I made a good catch," said Grissom, who was kissed by exuberant team chairman Bob Daly.
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