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Julio Urias, four relievers get job done as Dodgers get a split

Julio Urias, four relievers get job done as Dodgers get a split

At some point, desperation and creativity look the same. In the 10th inning on Thursday, Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling climbed the dugout steps and jogged to third base. The Dodgers had already used closer Kenley Jansen to preserve a tied score against the San Francisco Giants. Now they had run out of position players. Stripling was needed as a pinch-runner for first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.

“I’m probably a little faster than you think,” Stripling said. “Out of 10, I’m like a 6.5.”

Stripling played wide receiver at Carroll High in Southlake, Texas, but he did not need to utilize much speed on Thursday. He breezed home on a go-ahead single by outfielder Andrew Toles, who...

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