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Dodgers hold off Cardinals, 9-6

Dodgers hold off Cardinals, 9-6

 The television on the wall in Dave Roberts’ office revealed the score, Dodgers 9, Cardinals 6, and the length of the game, 3 hours 49 minutes. A thermometer recorded the temperature, sizzling into triple digits at Busch Stadium. The standings revealed the progress made by the Dodgers on this 10-day, nine-game, three-city trip across three time zones. 

The team went into the All-Star break trailing San Francisco by 6½ games in the National League West. With five victories on this trek, and with the Giants losing for the seventh time in eight games, , the gap is now only three games. Leading the wild-card standings for weeks, the Dodgers can now see the...