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They escaped with a win to move two games over .500 for the first time all season and the first time since May 16, 2010, but in order to increase that margin to three games they’ll need to do it with a short bullpen and will have to hold off - for a second time -one of the hottest offenses in baseball.

“We did some good things,” Riggleman said. “We ran the bases good, and Desmond and Nix did some good things with the double steal, but it was just a tough win. For a 7-0 ballgame and then to have to grind it out like that, it just speaks to you’ve got to keep adding on because that’s a very good ballclub over there.”