After he came within one out of a perfect game last September, San Francisco Giants right-hander Yusmeiro Petit said he prayed for another opportunity. Petit didn’t exactly get it Thursday, but he will gladly settle for the next-best thing. Making his first start since July 22 as the rotation replacement for demoted Tim Lincecum, Petit set a major league record for consecutive batters retired while pitching the Giants to a 4-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies. The Giants’ third consecutive win allowed them to take the series 3-1 from the Rockies and move within 4 1/2 games of the idle Los Angeles Dodgers, who lead the National League West.

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Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw achieved two more firsts Wednesday. “It is a pretty shocking stat … but not really,” Dodgers left fielder Scott Van Slyke said after Kershaw fired eight effective innings to lead Los Angeles to a 3-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Kershaw (16-3) gave up one unearned run on six hits and two walks while striking out 10. Van Slyke capped the inning with a bases-empty homer off left-hander Wade Miley (7-10) as the Dodgers (76-58) won for the fifth time in six games.

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On a historic night of milestones at AT&T Park, San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey got a blast simply living in the moment. Posey belted a two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday, lifting the Giants to a 4-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies. The win was No. 1,600 in the managerial career of the Giants’ Bruce Bochy, who moved past longtime rival Tommy Lasorda and into 19th place on the all-time list. Bochy pulled starter Tim Hudson with a 2-1 lead to start the ninth inning despite the fact the veteran right-hander threw only 87 pitches.

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The top tiers of the reliever rankings are thinning.

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Baseball’s replay review system worked well for the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday night in their 9-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Dodgers plated six runs in the fourth inning thanks in large part to two overturned out calls and cruised to their 11th win in 15 games against Arizona this season. With the game tied at 2, the Dodgers hit five consecutive singles off Arizona starter Trevor Cahill (3-9) in the fourth. The Dodgers led 4-2 when A.J. Ellis singled to center field.

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A career .307 hitter, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was two-for-two on challenges Tuesday. They had as much to do with the Dodgers’ six-run fourth inning as anything. The Dodgers had five hits and benefited from reversed calls at home plate and first base to keep their big fourth inning alive in a 9-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Left fielder Carl Crawford was ruled out at the plate as he attempted to score from second on a single in the middle of the inning, but the call was overturned after Mattingly challenged under Rule 7.13, which states the catcher must give the runner a lane to the plate.

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A man accused of masterminding a human trafficking ring pleaded guilty Friday to U.S. Lazo is already serving a five-year prison sentence for money laundering in a Medicare fraud case and now faces up to 20 additional years behind bars. Lazo agreed to cooperate with investigators, which could reduce his prison time when he is sentenced later this year. Prosecutors say Lazo led an organization that smuggled Cubans by boat into Mexico, where they were held until ransom payments were made.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The New York Mets have turned a triple play in the sixth inning of Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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