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The legend of Yasiel Puig grows. In only his fifth major league game, the 22-year-old outfielder connected for his fourth home run — a game-tying solo shot off Paul Maholm in the sixth — to complete the home run cycle. Yes, less than a week into his career, he already has a solo, two, three-run and grand slam to his credit. That makes for a remarkable, even historic stretch since he's only the second player since 1900 to homer four times in his first five games. The other was Mike Jacobs with the New York Mets in 2005.
Of course the most concern for Los Angeles was the fact they scratched out a run to get the game squared up. The team's then played three more scoreless innings leading into the 10th. That's where the Dodgers put runners at the corners against Anthony Varvaro. Skipper Don Mattingly then elected to pinch-run Skip Schumaker as the lead runner. That paid off almost immediately, as just a couple pitchers later Varvaro uncorked a wild pitch that original runner Ramon Hernandez would not have scored on, It squirted just far enough away for Schumaker to get in though, so the Dodgers stole it 2-1 in 10.
Cardinals gain separation in NL Central: The St. Louis Cardinals improved their major league best record to 40-21 with a commanding 9-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds. They also extended their lead in the Central division to a season-high four games over both Cincinnati and Pittsburgh thanks to Adam Wainwright's seven outstanding innings. Wainwright now owns nearly one-quarter of their win total with nine.Read More »from The Juice: Yasiel Puig ties game with home run, Dodgers win in 10 on walk-off wild pitch