CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs catcher Welington Castillo has been pulled from the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers due to a left rib contusion.

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About the only thing the Los Angeles Dodgers haven’t mastered in the NL West pennant race is the art of the comeback. Dee Gordon and pinch-hitter Andre Ethier hit RBI doubles in Los Angeles’ five-run seventh inning, and the Dodgers rallied to beat the Chicago Cubs 8-4 to extend their division lead. The Dodgers trailed 4-1 heading into the seventh, but six of their eight hitters reached base against reliever Neil Ramirez with five hits and an error. Los Angeles rebounded to win for only the second time this season – against 54 losses – when trailing after six innings.

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The Cleveland Indians relied on their pitching again, and their offense came alive just in time to beat the Houston Astros. Mike Aviles’ sacrifice fly in the 13th inning scored Jose Ramirez and gave the Indians a 2-1 win on Thursday night. Ramirez doubled with one out before Samuel Deduno (2-6) walked Michael Brantley and Carlos Santana to set up Aviles’ fly to right. Jake Marisnick’s throw to the plate was offline, and Ramirez scored easily.

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Gio Gonzalez allowed two runs in seven innings, Bryce Harper had three hits, and the Washington Nationals kept up their push for home-field advantage in the NL playoffs by beating the Miami Marlins 6-2 on Thursday night. Kevin Frandsen and Anthony Rendon each had two hits for Washington (88-64), which opened the night 1-1/2 games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the race for the NL’s best record. A Miami native, Gonzalez (9-10) allowed six hits, striking out five and walking none. Jeff Baker drove in one run and scored another for the Marlins (74-78), who opened their final homestand of the season.

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DENVER (AP) — Chicago Cubs All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo is the winner of the 2014 Branch Rickey award in recognition of his community work with pediatric cancer patients.

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They were rooting on Arizona against rival San Francisco. The Giants won and the NL West race just got a lot tighter. Nothing went right for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday. Justin Morneau tied a season high with six RBIs, including five as part of an eight-run first inning against spot starter Carlos Frias, and the Colorado Rockies routed the Dodgers 16-2.

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If Zack Greinke can improve upon two previous starts at Wrigley Field, the Los Angeles Dodgers have a chance to rebound from a rough series on their final trip of the season. Greinke can end his road struggles against the Chicago Cubs by winning a third straight start while helping the Dodgers avoid matching a season high with their third consecutive defeat Thursday night. Los Angeles (86-66) began its trip by taking two of three in San Francisco, but after Monday’s 11-3 win in Colorado was outscored 26-6 in the final two games of that set. The Dodgers lead the Giants by two games in the NL West after a 16-2 loss Wednesday.

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Someone had been to the costume shop, and Matt Duffy was about to put on faux leather boots, chaps and a pink cowboy hat to complete his travel ensemble. The annual ritual of making rookies wear unflattering outfits on one of the last road trips of the season was underway in the Giants’ clubhouse, but it hardly bothered Duffy. ”I told them I feel so good right now, they can dress me up in whatever they want,” Duffy said Wednesday after his pinch-hit single in the ninth inning sent San Francisco to a 4-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Duffy snapped a tie with a two-run single and the Giants narrowed their gap in the NL West, pulling within two games of the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers, who lost 16-2 at Colorado.

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The owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers have reached an agreement to buy a stake in the Oklahoma City RedHawks, and the team will change its Triple-A affiliation to Oklahoma City next year. The deal marks the end of the Dodgers’ minor league presence in Albuquerque after 44 years. The Dodgers will continue to play in the Pacific Coast League while moving to its American Northern Division and playing at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The agreement announced Wednesday is part of a partnership in which Peter Guber will be executive chairman and managing director of the RedHawks, and partners Paul Schaeffer and Larry Freedman will manage the company’s operations.

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This is not what Jake Peavy meant when he said he already was thinking about Dee Gordon in preparation of his next start against the Los Angeles Dodgers. But it’s still probably worth a few brain cells to remind Peavy of Gordon’s wizardry at second base, a position which he has managed to glamorize like few others who have played it. Gordon’s latest work of art was a double play against the Colorado Rockies in the sixth inning Tuesday night that was possible only because of an unlikely flip to shorstop Justin Turner. Colorado’s D.J. LeMahieu appeared to get enough topspin on his grounder to sneak it into center for a single against Brandon League, but Gordon dived and got in the way. He not only stopped the ball, but somehow re-directed it, rolling it on the ground no less, into Turner’s glove with a flip/push that looked impossible to practice. It also was a nice play by Turner to keep one foot on the bag, grab the ball, make the turn and throw to first in time. You’ve got to be on your toes playing with Gordon. There’s a certain amount of luck involved, because a rolling ball easily could change direction at any moment just by hitting a pebble. But there must be a patron saint of double plays looking out for Gordon. This wasn’t a double play, but Gordon also turned this neat trick ealier against the Rox:   More MLB coverage at Yahoo Sports:    – - – - – - – David Brown is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at rdbrown@yahoo-inc.com and follow him on Twitter! Follow @AnswerDave  

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