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Dodgers pull Yu Darvish as precaution due to tightness in back

Dodgers pull Yu Darvish as precaution due to tightness in back

The Los Angeles Dodgers did it once again in walk off fashion to defeat the Chicago White Sox. Austin Barnes was almost beaten to home plate by his own team, a group that's seen this script play out so many times before.

Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers tags out Adam Engel #41 of the Chicago White Sox after a dropped third strike in the fourth inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on August 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

For the first time in 64 years, the Los Angeles Dodgers have a record that is 50 games over.500 at 84-34.

Cody Bellinger started the rally with a pinch-hit single and then scored one batter later on an RBI double down the left-field line from Logan Forsythe.

Barnes singled to center field, sending Forsythe to third base.

That season eventual Hall of Fame members included Roy Campanella at catcher, Pee Wee Reese at shortstop, Jackie Robinson in left field, Duke Snider in center field and Red Barber and Vin Scully in the broadcast booth.

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Yu Darvish left Wednesday's game under freakish circumstances. It was only the fourth time in his career Darvish had allowed at least three home runs in a game. That quieted the denizens quickly.

Aaron Judge hit a monster home run in last night's win over the Mets, but he also set a dubious record.

After an off-day on Thursday, the Dodgers will travel to Detroit for a three-game weekend series with the Tigers. Still, Judge's feat is impressive, and given the nature of his game and the state of baseball these days, it's not hard to imagine him striking out in three or four more straight games anyway.

The offense looked like they were lost for the most part against Carlos Rodon, the White Sox starter for the evening. Darvish had thrown 90 pitches over six innings and allowed three runs on eight hits as he received the no-decision against the Chicago White Sox. The left-hander struck out four and walked four.

But the finishing push wasn't there for the visitors this time, as the Dodgers showed their strength in a five-run eighth inning that gave them a 6-1 victory. Before this season, no first-place Dodgers team (in Brooklyn or L.A.) had owned a lead of more than 17 games over a second-place team.

The birthday boy did not enjoy the same run support Wednesday. Miguel Gonzalez made that hold up through the first five innings before finally surrendering a run on a sacrifice fly in the sixth.