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Morning Mound Visit: Dodgers stun Padres with dinger barrage

Padres blow it; The NL MVP race; Clay Holmes’ sinker

San Diego Padres v Los Angeles Dodgers Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

Eric Stephen | True Blue LA: Moments after the Giants notched their San Francisco-era record 104th win, the Dodgers erased what was once a four-run deficit with a five-run eighth inning. Homers from Max Muncy, Cody Bellinger, AJ Pollock, and Corey Seager kept the Dodgers within two games of San Francisco.

Jay Jaffe | FanGraphs: Though the AL MVP race was locked up months ago, the NL crown is still up for grabs. Fernando Tatis, Juan Soto, and Bryce Harper aren’t the only ones with an argument. Trea Turner, Brandon Crawford, and Paul Goldschmidt have cases as well.

Brian Menéndez | Baseball Prospectus $: Earlier this year, the Yankees bought low on Clay Holmes, and that has proven to be a savvy investment. Holmes has perfected the turbo sinker since going to New York, which has turned him into a high-leverage arm.

Quick Hits

Jarred Kelenic hit a two-run double to help lift the Mariners over the A’s and keep Seattle with a half-game of Boston.

Eddie Rosario hit what proved to be the game-winning hit against the Phillies and reduced Atlanta’s magic number to one.

Marcus Semien broke the MLB record for most homers hit by a second baseman in a single season.