Darvish scuffles through 5 innings for 8th win


Maeda put together a decent start last night and Ryu up to this point has topped Maeda's performance.

"They're tough", Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. He is not expected to join the team until after rosters expand September 1, Roberts said. "As we remember, back in 2001 with the Mariners having the best record of all time ... fell flat in the first round".

Except Lamb won this day.

"I'm absolutely nervous", said LA fan Chris Peterson, 39, of Modesto. So, I have to keep riding the hot hand until it runs cold.

Buster Posey supplied early offense with a three-run homer in the first inning as San Francisco beat Chicago. Meanwhile in Arizona temperatures are expected to hit 109 during the Diamondbacks and Dodgers game.

Justin Turner homered twice for the Dodgers, who led 3-2 entering the bottom of the seventh. Melky Cabrera hit his 15th home run, a two-run shot, that had given the Royals a 5-4 lead in the fifth.

Los Angeles has lost just three times since the All-Star break while winning 18 games. Games like this one make you wonder, could the Dodgers run into the worst stroke of luck in the playoffs and miss out on a golden opportunity? "The fact that we are able to expose him to this is just going to help him get better that much faster".

But maybe they have at least given the Dodgers something to think about. I know that Clayton resists that.

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Watson got ahead 0-and-2 then threw a slider in the dirt. That effort was wasted when Iannetta moved up on a wild pitch by Brandon Morrow. In 2015, both AL wild card participants were teams that had surrendered division leads, namely the Yankees (2 1/2 games in the AL East) and Astros (1 1/2 games in the AL West), and previous year it was the tied Blue Jays and Orioles-both of whom fumbled their 2 1/2 game leads over the Red Sox-in the AL and the Giants (whose eight-game lead over the Dodgers had been whittled to one game by that point) in the NL. Then threw a awful pitch to Joc, and he hit it good. The two pitchers go back and forth trying to outperform the other to hold their spot in the rotation.

Ryan Zimmerman had four run-scoring hits, including two solo home runs, drove in five runs and became the franchise's all-time RBI leader as the Nationals defeated the Marlins.

Josh Donaldson hit a pair of two-run homers, and JA Happ pitched into the sixth inning for his second straight victory as Toronto defeated NY. "It's the same thing", Bradley said. ' 'It was just the emotions coming out of me. This was his first win since way back on June 12. "I don't like seeing blue in the stands".

PHOENIX If the Arizona Diamondbacks wanted to make the Dodgers sweat, they would have done better to leave the roof of Chase Field open to the 110-degree heat. C Austin Barnes was out of the lineup after taking a foul ball off his throwing hand Sunday against the New York Mets.

"He's close", Roberts said.

Diamondbacks: LHP Robbie Ray, in the concussion protocol, threw 28 pitches in a bullpen session on Monday and played catch on Tuesday.

Hernandez doubled home three runs in the first as the Dodgers jumped on D-backs starter Anthony Banda, spoiling what was his 24th birthday.