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Jason Heyward had to make the catch.
With his Atlanta Braves clinging to a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the ninth, the ball dropping would have meant the New York Mets tied the game — maybe even won it.
Runners were at first and second base for the Mets and Justin Turner's fly ball was headed toward the left-center gap. So Heyward, all 6-foot-5 of him, stretched out for a spectacular catch that ended the game.
Afterward, Heyward told MLB.com's Mark Bowman:
"I knew I had to dive off the bat, because I didn't think it was within my reach," Heyward said. "As I got closer, I was thinking, 'Obviously, you're going to try to make the play with two outs and the game on the line. If you don't catch it, so be it. Fortunately, I was able to get a good enough jump."
It was a thrilling ending to what was an exciting game: Dillon Gee took a no-hitter into the seventh inning for the Mets. The Braves managed to get on the scoreboard in the top of the ninth to take the lead — their go-ahead run coming on a pinch-hit single by Reed Johnson.
Started from the bottom, now we're here. pic.twitter.com/9iBln2jEYF
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 23, 2013
Dodgers take first place after 14-run outburst: The Los Angeles Dodgers, once the last-place symbol of free-spending gone wrong, continued their hot streak with a 14-5 win against the Toronto Blue Jays. The win, combined with the Arizona Diamondbacks' loss to the Cubs, put the Dodgers in first place for the first time since April 2.
A.J. Ellis led the way for the Dodgers with four hits and five RBIs. Skip Schumaker had two hits and three RBIs as well.
The team has now won 21 of its last 26 games and managed to climb to the top of the NL West despite starting July in last place.
Rangers 3, Yankees 0: In his return from the DL, Yu Darvish combines with three relievers to shut out the Yanks.
Reds 11, Giants 0: Tim Lincecum follows up his no-hitter by not throwing anything close to a no-hitter.
Mariners 2, Indians 1: The Mariners have quietly won seven in a row.
Twins 4, Angels 3: Clete Thomas goes 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Twins.
Cubs 4, D-backs 2: Rookie Junior Lake goes 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs. He's the new Puig, obviously.
Rays 3, Red Sox 0: Matt Moore, now 14-3, throws first career shutout as Rays blank Boston.
A's 4, Astros 3: Josh Reddick's two-run homer in the eighth pushes the A's to victory.
Orioles 9, Royals 2: Recent acquisition Scott Feldman looks sharp for O's, as Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy each drive in three runs.
Pirates 6, Nats 5: Andrew McCutchen hits two homers for the Pirates, but closer Jason Grilli leaves the game with injury.
''I think that's the most efficient I've been. I think that's probably the best game I've ever thrown (considering) the Red Sox are playing well, and we're on the road.''
— Matt Moore on his shutout
Good catch, Lorenzo Cain.
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• The Rangers bullpen has thrown 22 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings.
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