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Dodgers closing in on Giants in NL West after win over Cardinals, 1-0
Dodgers closing in on Giants in NL West after win over Cardinals, 1-0

The Dodgers reached the halfway point to their season Thursday, neither as good as they originally hoped nor as bad as they once feared. After 81 games, the Dodgers (45-36) may not lead the National League West, but they remain in very comfortable striking distance of the lead. They began the night three games back of the Giants in the NL West and then went out and edged the Cardinals, 1-0, before a Dodger Stadium crowd of 48,264. The Dodgers got a lift from the return of Juan Uribe, another strong starting effort from Josh Beckett, one inning of perfect relief from Brian Wilson on his bobblehead night and a game-winning pinch hit from Justin Turner to overcome an outstanding effort by...

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