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Andrew Toles helps the Dodgers find life just in time

The Los Angeles Dodgers found their offense with eight runs in the final two innings during Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader.

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September call-ups preview: Prospects to watch

Christopher Crawford looks at prospects who could get called up after rosters expand in September and make an impact at the big league level, such as Dodgers pitcher Jose De Leon.

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3hDavid Schoenfield

Grading all of the MLB playoff races

Which playoff races are the best? With teams battling for division leads and wild-card spots, there should be plenty of excitement down the stretch.

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2dKeith Law

Why September call-ups are no longer a big deal

Let's face it: The quality of September call-ups these days just isn't what it used to be. Keith Law explains why -- and how -- times have changed.

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18hBuster Olney

Players who are pivotal to playoff races

Buster Olney highlights players such as Yoenis Cespedes who will play key roles in their teams' playoff chances, and explains why they're so crucial.

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Cubs hold off Pirates to sweep series

Kris Bryant slugged his 36th home run of the season in Chicago's 6-5 win over Pittsburgh.

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Toles' slam caps Dodgers' comeback

Los Angeles scored eight unanswered runs, including Andrew Toles' go-ahead grand slam in the ninth inning, for a 10-8 victory over Colorado.

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Mets rally to stay alive in wild-card race

Kelly Johnson broke an eighth-inning tie with a bases-clearing double to give the Mets a 5-2 victory over the Marlins.

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Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

For the second night in a row, a big win in extra innings for the Yankees, who battled to stay with the Kansas City Royals for 12 innings, having fallen behind 4-0 after 3 innings and took their first, and only, lead of the night on Brian McCann's sacrifice fly. The 5-4 win moved them to within 2-1/2 games of the second AL wild card spot, behind only the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers. Rookie Ben Heller gets his first big-league win, Dellin Betances with the save.

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

The worm is beginning to turn for Yankees super-rook Gary Sanchez. Last week he was intentionally walked twice by the Mariners so they could pitch to Mark Teixeira. Tonight, with the game tied and runners on second and third in the 12th inning, Royals manager Ned Yost ordered Jacoby Ellsbury walked to load the bases for Sanchez, who was 3-for-14 with 5 Ks in this series. The move paid off when Sanchez lined out to third, followed by Teixeira bouncing into a forceout to end the inning.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs improved to 12-3 against the Pirates this season with a 6-5 win on Wednesday night as they now have a 15 game lead in the division entering September. Their magic number to clinch is just 16.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Worst Dodgers run total in a three-game series at Coors was eight. They were about to crush that. Then the Dodgers scored eight in the final two innings alone to avoid the sweep.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

John Farrell has referred lately to the importance of the No. 6 hole in the Red Sox's batting order. With Yoan Moncada coming up and possibly getting regular at-bats against right-handed pitching, you wonder whether he eventually fits in that spot behind Hanley Ramirez and ahead of the left fielder (Brock Holt/Chris Young/eventually Andrew Benintendi), catcher (primarily) Sandy Leon and Jackie Bradley Jr.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers 10, Rockies 8, Final, Game 2. Andrew Toles' grand slam capped an improbable five-run ninth inning and the Dodgers avoided a series sweep and a doubleheader sweep to move 1.5 games up on the Giants in the NL West.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

After a couple of rough outings Cubs starter Jason Hammel rebounded with a nice effort on Wednesday holding the Pirates to one run over six innings. His biggest moment came in striking out Andrew McCutchen with the bases loaded in the fifth inning to end a threat. Hammel is in a dogfight to start a playoff game though there's plenty of time left before decisions have to be made. Joe Maddon said as much before the game.

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The Cubs benched Jason Heyward during their series at Colorado (August 19-21) to give him a break. Since then, he has hit .333 with a .851 OPS in 9 games, including 2-of-3 with a walk tonight. He had a .617 OPS through play on August 18, 4th lowest in MLB.

Russell's spectacular grab keeps Cubs ahead

With the bases loaded in the seventh, Addison Russell races into the outfield for a diving catch to end the inning and keep the Cubs ahead of the Pirates.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Thanks to a three-run homer from old friend Kirk Nieuwenhuis, the Brewers beat the Cardinals 3-1 on Wednesday. That allowed the Mets to move within 1.5 games of the Cardinals for the NL's second wild-card spot. In recent days the Mets have leapfrogged the Marlins and Pirates. So there are no longer any teams between the Mets and the current wild-card-spot occupants.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals got shut down by Matt Garza and Milwaukee's suspect bullpen in a 3-1 loss at Miller Park Wednesday night. Rookie pitcher Luke Weaver was masterful, striking out 10 batters, but he had one bad inning, yielding a three-run home run to Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the third inning. The Cardinals lead the New York Mets by 1 1/2 games for the second wild card spot.