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Dodgers show vulnerability by blowing late lead at San Diego
Dodgers show vulnerability by blowing late lead at San Diego

SAN DIEGO — For seven innings, it was a game that glittered with the Dodgers' brightest hopes. Then, in what felt like seven minutes, it was a game that swallowed them up in their worst fears. What began as a nice first chapter highlighted by great pitching and smart hitting devolved into a woeful opening verse of lousy relief, shoddy fielding, managerial second-guessing and a giant poke in the belly of the $250-million beast. What began as a pleasant night at Petco Park suddenly became a raging storm that thundered with chants of "Beat L.A.'' It was a sweet opener, until the Dodgers forgot to close it, losing a one-run lead in the eighth inning in a 3-1...

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