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Dodgers stand tall in Colorado, regain control of NL West

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It appears that the reports of the Dodgers' demise may have been greatly exaggerated.

Behind five surprisingly solid innings from new arrival Vicente Padilla(notes) and a perfect performance from the bullpen, the Dodgers were able to manage a tight 3-2 win over the Rockies on Thursday afternoon. The victory allowed Los Angeles to take two of three from previously surging Colorado and stretched its NL West division lead to four games.

The division is by no means sealed, not with 34 games remaining for each team and another three-game series scheduled for the season's final weekend in L.A.

But if you're considering putting money on Colorado to overtake the Dodgers for the division, consider this: Thursday's win gave Los Angeles a 12-3 edge in the season series and brought their division record to 35-16. The have 18 NL West contests remaining this year, plus six games against the Pirates and three against the Nationals.

A nice schedule, sure, but let's allow Sniff'n The Tears to sum the Dodgers' situation:

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