Blue Jays win bidding for prized lefty Price

Tigers to receive package of prospects, including Toronto's No. 1-ranked Norris

Blue Jays win bidding for prized lefty Price

TORONTO -- Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos officially went all in Thursday afternoon by acquiring former Cy Young Award winner David Price from the Tigers in exchange for left-handed prospects Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd and Jairo Labourt.

Anthopoulos made no secret of his desire to improve the Blue Jays' starting rotation and in the end he was able to acquire arguably the best pitcher available. It's a similar package of prospects that the Reds received for right-hander Johnny Cueto and Price had been the clear preferred choice for Toronto.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

Deadline countdown: Last-minute predictions

Deadline countdown: Last-minute predictions

In the quiet period leading up to this last week of July, we heard a lot of chatter about Major League Baseball possibly moving the non-waiver Trade Deadline to mid-August to account for the increased parity brought about by having two Wild Card teams per league and the logjam it causes on the trade market.

Haven't heard that talk much this week, have you?

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Anthony Castrovince is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sources: Rangers getting Hamels from Phils

Club also to acquire Diekman; Texas sending prospects, Harrison to Philly

Sources: Rangers getting Hamels from Phils

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have acquired pitcher Cole Hamels and reliever Jake Diekman from the Phillies, according to multiple Major League sources, in a trade that is expected to be announced on Thursday. Neither club confirmed the deal.

In return the Rangers sent pitcher Matt Harrison and five prospects to the Phillies: catcher Jorge Alfaro, outfielder Nick Williams and pitchers Jake Thompson, Alec Asher and Jerad Eickhoff.

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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pineda goes on DL; Sabathia to start tonight

Pineda goes on DL; Sabathia to start tonight

ARLINGTON -- Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda has been scratched from his scheduled start against the Rangers on Thursday and was put on the 15-day disabled list with what the New York Post reported was a Grade 1 forearm strain.

CC Sabathia stepped in to take his place against Texas. Sabathia is working on normal rest because the Yanks used a sixth starter on Tuesday.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

New Nat Papelbon saves Scherzer's 11th win

New Nat Papelbon saves Scherzer's 11th win

MIAMI -- All of the Nationals' offense in Thursday's series finale against the Marlins came on one swing of the bat -- a Ryan Zimmerman home run -- and that's all Max Scherzer needed. The All-Star right-hander tossed seven strong innings and allowed just three singles on 109 pitches as Washington downed Miami, 1-0, at Marlins Park to take the three-game series. Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon, acquired in a deal with the Phillies on Tuesday, earned the save in his first outing with Washington.

The win was a bounce-back effort for Scherzer (11-8, 2.22 ERA), who allowed five runs to Pittsburgh last Friday. The righty struck out six and stranded the tying run on second in each of his final two innings, posting his sixth scoreless start of the season.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. Steve Wilaj is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cards get Moss from Tribe for highly touted lefty

Cleveland acquires Kaminsky, ranked 10th among LHP prospects

Cards get Moss from Tribe for highly touted lefty

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals' search for offensive help took them to Cleveland, where they have made a deal with the Indians that will bring over Brandon Moss in exchange for left-handed pitching prospect Rob Kaminsky. The trade was announced Thursday morning.

A year after an All-Star season, Moss has not put up the sort of offensive numbers the Indians hoped for when acquiring him from the A's in December. He has hit .217/.288/.407 through 94 games, though his 15 home runs will immediately make him the Cardinals' team leader. He has driven in 48, one fewer than St. Louis team-leader Jhonny Peralta.

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Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB, like her Facebook page Jenifer Langosch for Cardinals.com and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

#ALSIceBucketChallenge set to make return

All 30 MLB clubs to participate in effort to help in fight against ALS

#ALSIceBucketChallenge set to make return

If you thought last year's #ALSIceBucketChallenge was a "refreshing" change from the usual dog days of August, then we have some good news.

It's time for Ice Age 2. It's time to refill those buckets. Ice, ice, baby.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Today's starting lineups: July 30

Below are today's starting lineups that have been made public by Major League Baseball's clubs.

A lineup is not official until it is handed to the umpire.

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LA set to deal for Braves' Wood, Marlins' Latos

Dodgers poised to get 7 players in return for Cuban star Olivera, Rodriguez and 3 Minor League pitchers

LA set to deal for Braves' Wood, Marlins' Latos

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers' pending acquisition of starting pitcher Mat Latos and outfielder Michael Morse from the Marlins has expanded into multiple trades involving three teams, 12 players and a Draft pick.

If completed, the Dodgers would receive Latos and Morse from the Marlins and starting pitchers Bronson Arroyo and Alex Wood, closer Jim Johnson, reliever Luis Avilan and infielder Jose Peraza from the Braves. Miami would get Minor League pitchers Jeff Brigham, Victor Araujo and Kevin Guzman from Los Angeles, while Atlanta would get a competitive-balance Draft pick from the Marlins; from the Dodgers, the Braves would get recent Cuban signee Hector Olivera and injured reliever Paco Rodriguez, all according to Major League sources.

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Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Upton, Kemp pulled; was it a prank?

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Upton, Kemp pulled; was it a prank?

The Trade Deadline is, to put it mildly, a pretty crazy time. So, the baseball world looks for clues -- anything that might give us some idea of what's about to happen to our favorite players and teams. We frantically refresh Twitter. We await word from Deadline-whisperer John Axford. And above all, we have Hug Watch: Breathlessly watching games to see if a player will be suddenly pulled from action and start bidding farewell to his teammates, signaling that he's been dealt.

You can imagine the anticipation, then, after a surprising development in the Padres-Mets game on Wednesday: San Diego's Justin Upton was removed from the game in the eighth inning for no apparent reason. Had another Deadline domino fallen? Where would he be going? What was going on? The baseball world was full of questions, and Padres interim manager Pat Murphy had the answers: PSYCH!

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Mets, Brewers put brakes on Gomez deal

Concern over outfielder's hip cited in breakdown of trade

Mets, Brewers put brakes on Gomez deal

NEW YORK -- Just before an airplane full of Brewers lifted off from San Francisco International Airport late Wednesday, Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez was told that he had been traded to the Mets. Within hours the deal had shattered, and the night descended into a swirl of speculation.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell informed Gomez of a deal that -- pending medical approval -- would have sent him to New York in exchange for starting pitcher Zack Wheeler and infielder Wilmer Flores, who teared up upon learning of the trade during the Mets' 7-3 loss to the Padres. Several hours later, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson broke the news that "there is no trade."

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Flores endures emotional evening

Flores endures emotional evening

NEW YORK -- His eyes still red and watery after the Mets' 7-3 loss to the Padres on Tuesday, infielder Wilmer Flores stood, stunned, in a clubhouse that remains his home.

Flores learned during the game that a deal was in place to send him and Zack Wheeler to the Brewers in exchange for Carlos Gomez, only to find out afterward that there was no trade. A source confirmed that the Mets nixed the deal due to medical concern over Gomez's right hip -- leaving Flores in a wildly emotional state both during and after the game.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Stroman welcomes Price from Duke classroom

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Stroman welcomes Price from Duke classroom

Were you ever in class and, by the time you got out, found out that your friends had left for an impromptu road trip -- telling you, "We tried to reach you, but your phone was off while you were learning?" Well, today's story is kind of like that, except much cooler, because it involves Major League Baseball, deadline deals and Twitter. 

Marcus Stroman, currently working on his degree while recovering from a knee injury this season, tweeted that he was heading to class, and he needed people to keep him in the loop when he wasn't on the transaction beat. 

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Richard Justice

9 takeaways from a crazy night of deals

9 takeaways from a crazy night of deals

Nine takeaways from the most dizzying day of deals (and non-deals) in recent memory.

1. What a bizarre few hours for the Mets. One minute, they're on the verge of completing a deal with the Brewers for center fielder Carlos Gomez, a fiery, productive player who would have been a nice upgrade. And, suddenly, it was off the table, the Mets apparently stepping away over concerns about Gomez's right hip. But the other part of this story -- attention, Mets fans -- is that general manager Sandy Alderson has shifted directions and is willing to trade prospects for a better shot at making the playoffs in 2015. Right-hander Zack Wheeler, recovering from Tommy John surgery, would have joined Wilmer Flores in going to the Brewers if the Gomez deal had been finalized. Now where do the Mets look for offense? Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes? Padres slugger Justin Upton?

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tulo says hello: Newcomer dazzles in debut

In first career start batting leadoff, Blue Jays new arrival homers, doubles twice, drives in three

Tulo says hello: Newcomer dazzles in debut

TORONTO -- Troy Tulowitzki apparently has a thing for making positive first impressions, because he didn't waste any time showing his teammates and the city of Toronto just how good he can be.

Tulowitzki went 3-for-5 with a home run, two doubles, three RBIs and three runs to lead the Blue Jays to an 8-2 victory over the Phillies in his American League debut Wednesday. Not bad for a guy who less than 36 hours prior had been left stunned by a shocking trade away from the only Major League franchise he had ever known.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Tribe makes out well in Moss-Kaminsky swap

Cleveland gets touted left-handed prospect in exchange for power bat

Tribe makes out well in Moss-Kaminsky swap

With two regulars (Matt Adams and Jon Jay) already on the disabled list and a third (Matt Holliday) reinjuring his right quadriceps Wednesday night, the Cardinals decided to bolster their offense by acquiring Brandon Moss from the Indians on Thursday morning. But the price that St. Louis paid, lefty pitching prospect Rob Kaminsky, is a steep one for a club in its position.

The Cardinals have the best record in baseball, and they're almost certainly going to make the playoffs, even if Holliday is sidelined for a while. In the 31-year-old Moss, St. Louis is getting a one-tool player who can hit for power, but provides negative value in terms of on-base percentage and defensive ability as a first baseman and corner outfielder. Moss' 15 homers are more than anyone on the Cards' roster, but he's hit .217/.288/.407 in 94 games -- among the lowest numbers of his Major League career. Moss is not just a half-season rental, however, as he is eligible for arbitration one more time this offseason.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Key things to watch for in today's games

Key things to watch for in today's games

The Royals may have the best record in the American League, but they'll have to go through Toronto and the Majors' highest-scoring offense this weekend. Both teams have been active on the trade front, with Kansas City acquiring Johnny Cueto and Toronto landing Troy Tulowitzki.

Both players will be in action this series, with Cueto scheduled to start on Friday. In Thursday's 7:07 p.m. ET opener, Kansas City will start Danny Duffy, who has logged a 2.15 ERA in six starts since returning from the disabled list. The Blue Jays will counter with Marco Estrada, who has gone 7-6 with a 3.55 ERA in 21 appearances between the bullpen and rotation. Estrada posted a 0.84 ERA in six relief appearances, and he's managed a 3.17 ERA in 10 appearances at home.

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Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

McCullers pitches Astros back into first place

McCullers pitches Astros back into first place

HOUSTON -- The Astros moved into sole possession of first place in the American League West for the first time since before the All-Star break, beating the Angels, 6-3, on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park, behind a terrific outing from rookie Lance McCullers.

McCullers (5-3) gave up a run in the second inning before getting into a groove and setting down 15 of the final 17 batters he faced. In the meantime, the Astros chipped away, taking a 2-1 lead in the fifth on RBIs by Colby Rasmus and Jose Altuve. Preston Tucker would then homer in the sixth, and Jon Singleton blasted his first of the year in the seventh to make it 4-1.

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Alden Gonzalez and Brian McTaggart are reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Roger Schlueter

Stats of the Day: Harper's multihomer effort

Nationals outfielder has eighth such game for third most all time by 22-year-old

Stats of the Day: Harper's multihomer effort

Here are four interesting items from around the big leagues on Wednesday …

Bryce Harper homered twice in the Nationals' 7-2 victory over the Marlins. His eighth multihomer effort came at the age of 22 years and 286 days. Those eight by this age tie Harper for the third most for any player, with Mel Ott and Eddie Mathews having 10. Joe DiMaggio and Andruw Jones also had eight. Harper has 84 career home runs, tying Mickey Mantle for the 13th most for a player through his age-22 season. Two more would tie Harper with Jimmie Foxx.

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Roger Schlueter is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Friars pull a fast one with early departures

Friars pull a fast one with early departures

SAN DIEGO -- It was quite a moment Wednesday when both Padres starting pitcher Tyson Ross and left fielder Justin Upton -- the target of recent trade talks -- left San Diego's 7-3 victory over the Mets before the final pitch had been thrown.

A sign one or both were on their way out of town? Actually, as it turned out, neither was true.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Quiz: What is your trade value?

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Quiz: What is your trade value?

The non-waiver Trade Deadline is on July 31 and the baseball world is abuzz. How much will it take to pick up a lights-out new starter or bolster a weak offense? Talk of trade value is everywhere, so we're answering the most important question about it -- what's yours? What would a team have to give up to acquire the wonder that is you? Take this quiz to find out

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Source: Braves to get Olivera in huge 3-team deal

Johnson, top prospect Peraza would go to Dodgers in trade

BALTIMORE -- After addressing many of the technicalities presented by the megadeal they had constructed on Wednesday, the Braves completed a significant trade that involved both the Dodgers and Marlins on Thursday afternoon.

The framework of the original deal remained the same, but veteran pitcher Bronson Arroyo was added to the deal before it was completed.

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Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cardinals sign new 15-year TV rights deal

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals and FOX Sports Midwest announced a new 15-year television rights agreement on Thursday that, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, will net the Cardinals more than $1 billion. The agreement will begin in 2018, immediately after the current deal expires.

With television rights deals skyrocketing in other markets, the Cardinals had been seeking to make theirs more lucrative so they could enjoy an influx of extra profits to use toward payroll increases or other organizational endeavors.

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Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB, like her Facebook page Jenifer Langosch for Cardinals.com and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Harper hits upper deck twice to take NL homer lead

Harper hits upper deck twice to take NL homer lead

MIAMI -- Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper offered his Babe Ruth impression on Wednesday night, hitting two Ruthian clouts in a 7-2 victory over the Marlins. Harper went 3-for-4 with the two homers, which were his National League-leading 28th and 29th of the season.

After striking out in the first inning on a fastball against Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler, Harper made adjustments in the later innings and became a monster at the plate.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

#TBT: The 5 biggest Deadline blockbusters

#TBT: The 5 biggest Deadline blockbusters

The July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline was instituted in 1986. For the six decades prior, the Deadline was June 15. So the history of the Deadline, as we know it, is relatively short. But that doesn't mean it lacks dramatic deals.

Some Deadline deals are overrated. Some are understated. Some move the needle immediately and some are only appreciated with the beneficial lens of retrospect.

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Prospects in Hamels deal give Phils bright future

Philadelphia gains talent on horizon in returns from blockbuster deal

Prospects in Hamels deal give Phils bright future

The Phillies have waited and waited and waited to get the best deal possible for Cole Hamels, one that could help restock an organization thin on talent in the Majors and Minors. They finally did so Wednesday, consummating an eight-player deal with the Rangers.

Though neither club confirmed the trade, MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan and Todd Zolecki have reported that Philadelphia will send Hamels, Jake Diekman and $9.5 million in cash to Texas for Matt Harrison and five prospects: right-handers Jake Thompson, Jerad Eickhoff and Alec Asher, outfielder Nick Williams and catcher Jorge Alfaro.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

John Axford: Your go-to Trade Deadline specialist

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John Axford: Your go-to Trade Deadline specialist

The July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline is fast approaching. Players are moving faster than Billy Hamilton running on a moving sidewalk down a mountain in the middle of a mudslide.

So, how to keep up with all of this wheelin' and dealin'? Should you follow a beat writer on Twitter? Perhaps a columnist? How about @Cut4? (No, definitely not).

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Pirates pick up righty Blanton from Royals

Pirates pick up righty Blanton from Royals

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates picked up veteran right-hander Joe Blanton late Wednesday night, acquiring him from the Royals in exchange for cash considerations.

Blanton, 34, is expected to join the Pirates before Thursday night's series opener against the Reds at Great American Ball Park. Pittsburgh will make a corresponding move after Blanton officially joins the roster.

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Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Seven up: White Sox keep on rolling

Seven up: White Sox keep on rolling

BOSTON -- For the third straight night, the White Sox used a quick-strike attack as they pushed their winning streak to seven games with a 9-2 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday at Fenway Park.

Rick Porcello (5-11, 5.81 ERA) was the Boston starter who got rocked early this time, giving up six runs in the first three innings. Chicago starter Jose Quintana meanwhile gave up just two runs over 6 1/3 frames to notch his sixth win.

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Dodgers score 8 two-out runs to drop A's

Dodgers score 8 two-out runs to drop A's

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers responded to the A's four-run seventh with a five-spot in the bottom of the inning and two more runs in the eighth, doing most of their damage with two outs, to earn a 10-7 victory and snap their three-game losing streak on Wednesday night.

A's reliever Fernando Rodriguez walked two of his four batters to begin the seventh, putting runners at first and second for Adrian Gonzalez, who notched an RBI double off lefty Drew Pomeranz. Yasmani Grandal's ensuing dribbler down the third-base line led to another run, and Kiké Hernandez put the Dodgers on top, 7-6, with a two-run double. Yasiel Puig, who hit a two-run homer in the fourth, drove in Hernandez with a single off Dan Otero to cap the rally.

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Jane Lee is a reporter and Steve Bourbon is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.