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LOS ANGELES — The Zack Wheeler Express does not loo
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LOS ANGELES — The Zack Wheeler Express does not loo

k like it is about to slow down any time soon Avisail Garcia Jersey , even if his last outing ended with a hard-luck loss.It should have been enough when Wheeler gave up one run in a loss at San Francisco on Friday. He will return to the mound Wednesday in the finale of a three-game series against Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium.The right-hander’s August numbers included a 1.13 ERA and he somehow had a loss and no-decision among his six starts, although it should not come as a surprise on a Mets team where Jacob deGrom appears to the National League Cy Young Award favorite with a 9-8 record.Article continues below ...The only reason Wheeler (9-6, 3.37 ERA) is not celebrating an August Pitcher of the Month award in the NL is because new Chicago Cubs lefty Cole Hamels had a 0.69 ERA in his six starts. The Dodgers know that runs will be at a premium, although Wheeler is 0-2 with an 11.00 ERA in two starts against them.“That’s the plan every time; it’s just been happening,” Wheeler said, according to mlb.com. “I’ve been able to go out there and really get it done. I’m happy about it and I’m going in the right direction.”Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (4-1, 2.24 ERA) has not been as good as Wheeler of late, but the Dodgers are hardly complaining. Since coming off the disabled list Aug. 15 after spending 3 1/2 months on the shelf with a left groin strain http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authen...mas-jersey , Ryu is 1-1 with a 2.42 ERA over 22 2/3 innings. He is also 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA in five starts versus the Mets.When Ross Stripling and Kenta Maeda were moved to the bullpen upon Ryu’s return, it raised eyebrows. But Ryu has justified the move by contributing during a division title chase in what is the final year of his original six-year contract with the Dodgers.What Ryu showed in his last outing, an eventual victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, is that he is tough to rattle. He gave up a first-inning home run to Paul Goldschmidt, but kept his team in the game and the Dodgers eventually rallied for a key victory.Enrique Hernandez and Justin Turner rallied the Dodgers with late home runs, but Ryu helped set the stage.“All we’ve got to do is focus on this month,” Kenley Jansen said, according to the Los Angeles Times Bobby Jenks Jersey , after recording the save in the game Ryu started. “Let this month motivate me, motivate us, and for us, it’s just about going out and trying to win the division.”Turner was named August Player of the Month in the NL after hitting .402 with six home runs, 20 RBIs, 22 runs, 11 doubles and a 1.213 OPS. Manny Machado, who had two hits in each of the first two games of the series against the Mets http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authen...dan-jersey , closed out August with seven home runs in 13 games.The Dodgers had been finding it tough to score runs before breaking out for 11 on Tuesday. They entered Tuesday’s game with 2.33 runs scored in their previous six contests and have to figure out how to produce for a second consecutive night against Wheeler during a 4:30 p.m. local start when the shadows created by the setting sun could create visibility issues.Los Angeles is one-half game behind Colorado in the NL West. PHOENIX (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers surged into the NL West lead with a superb September, yet have struggled to shake the Colorado Rockies.Eduardo Escobar homered off Kenta Maeda leading off the ninth inning, and the Arizona Diamondbacks tightened the NL West race with a 4-3 victory over the Dodgers on Tuesday night.Los Angeles (88-70) had won 10 of its previous 12 games to move into the NL West lead, but Colorado (87-70) pulled within a half-game of the NL champions by beating Philadelphia 10-3.“We’ve got to go out there and still win games,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.Chris Taylor hit a tying double off Brad Boxberger (3-7) in the top of the ninth. Escobar sent a full-count fastball from Maeda (8-10) into the right-field seats, stopping Arizona’s four-game losing streak.David Peralta had a two-run double and pinch-hitter Ildemaro Vargas lined a run-scoring single in the seventh inning for Arizona (80-78), which needs two wins to ensure consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 2007-08.“We know two teams are fighting it out for the NL West,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “We are bummed we are not one of them Carlton Fisk Jersey , but we still want to be a part of the blueprint of what happens. We are not going to lay down for anybody.”Cody Bellinger hit a solo home run for the Dodgers.“Win more games than we lose, we should be in the playoffs,” pitcher Walker Buehler said.Coming off a career-high 12-strikeout performance against Colorado in a no-decision, Buehler allowed two runs and four hits in six innings.He gave up a pair of singles through the first five innings and led 1-0 before allowing Peralta’s double. Enrique Hernandez hit a tying single in the seventh following Yasmani Grandal’s leadoff triple.Matt Koch gave up a leadoff homer to Bellinger in the second, Los Angeles’ NL-leading 227th home run this season. Koch allowed one run and five hits in 4 1/3 innings.“It was a fun game for sure,” Koch said. “A lot of timely hitting, a lot of good defense.”MISSED CHANCESThe Dodgers gave up a walkoff homer to lose, but had plenty of chances to build a lead before Arizona rallied.Los Angeles had a runner at second with one out or less three times and failed to advance him http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authen...reu-jersey , finishing 2 for 12 with runners in scoring position.“To not be able to get that guy to third base I think was the difference in the game,” Roberts said. “We just couldn’t take advantage of our opportunities.”MACHADO STAREDOWNArizona reliever Yoan Lopez worked out of a jam after a leadoff double to Manny Machado in the eighth and had an emphatic celebration after striking out the final two batters. Lopez’s antics did not go over well with Machado, who stared down the Arizona right-hander as he walked toward the dugout.“I respect what he is all about,” Lopez said through an interpreter. ” I was excited and just like him when he raised his arm when he hit the double, I raised mine when had the strikeout. It’s just the way it happened.”TRAINER’S ROOMDiamondbacks: 1B Christian Walker is out for the season with a sinus fracture after being hit by a pitch from Maeda on Monday night. … RHP Shelby Miller, recovering from Tommy John surgery, threw a 60-pitch simulated game and could pitch this weekend against San Diego.UP NEXTDiamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke is 2-1 with a 4.29 ERA this season against the Dodgers heading into Wednesday’s series finale. Dodgers RHP Ross Stripling is 1-1 with a 4.80 ERA in three career starts against Arizona.
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