Michael Wacha

Dodgers move into first place after winning sloppy affair with Cardinals

Dodgers move into first place after winning sloppy affair with Cardinals

A corked bottle sat atop the desk inside the visiting manager’s office at Busch Stadium. Dave Roberts swore its purpose was benign. Baseball does not award trophies for leading a division at the end of May.

“No, no, no,” Roberts cracked after the Dodgers finished a 9-4 victory over St. Louis and claimed first place in the National League West for the first time since April 6. “This is pinot noir!”

Roberts claimed he was not aware of the standings. A gleam in his eye gave him away — managers often say they are not aware of the standings, especially this early in the season. But after an ungainly April, in which the Dodgers hovered around .500 and allowed Colorado to zoom atop...

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