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PIT@STL: Lincoln tosses six scoreless frames for win

The race for the division title isn't the only race in the National League West.

With the Giants continuing to struggle -- and playing a three-game series against first-place Arizona this weekend -- the Dodgers could overtake the reigning World Series champions for second place. Thanks to both teams winning Wednesday, Los Angeles remains only six games behind the Giants for second place.

"It would feel good," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "I'd like to keep going and win as many games as we can possibly win. Where that puts us, I don't know. The biggest thing I've been proud of, and I've talked about it all year long, is that this club has not quit playing.

"They didn't quit when we were really struggling. They're playing the same way now, but we're getting wins."

The main reason for the Dodgers' success is the same for the Giants' downfall: offense. Los Angeles has scored 81 runs in its last 13 games.

Pirates right-hander Brad Lincoln will try to slow down L.A.'s hot bats in Thursday's makeup game.

Lincoln tossed six shutout innings against the Cardinals his last time out, earning his second Major League win. The 26-year-old former first-round Draft pick said he hopes he can continue to take advantage of his latest chance in the big leagues.

"Every start means something now," Lincoln said afterward. "I've gotten to the point in my career where I have to start showing something and showing them that I'm here for a reason. To go out there and show that I can attack guys and get them out at this level, I think, says a lot."

Dodgers: Eveland called up
Left-hander Dana Eveland will be called up from Triple-A Albuquerque to start Thursday's makeup game against the Pirates, his first Major League start of the season.

The 27-year-old Eveland, who has appeared in 95 Major League games, was 12-8 with a 4.38 ERA in 25 starts in Albuquerque.

• Ted Lilly, who earned the victory Wednesday, finished August with a 2.35 ERA and .096 average against.

• The Dodgers are 5-1 in a stretch of playing 24 games in 24 days.

Pirates: Let's make a deal (or two)
Pittsburgh was part of two trades Wednesday, the last day clubs could acquire players who will be eligible for postseason rosters.

The Pirates traded outfielder Matt Diaz to the Braves for a player to be named or cash and also dealt Triple-A outfielder John Bowker to the Phillies for the same compensation.

• Ryan Doumit is 3-for-23 in his last seven games since going 2-for-4 with a homer in the second game of a doubleheader on Aug. 22.

• Chris Resop has allowed seven runs in his last six appearances.

Worth noting
• Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen has a 19-inning scoreless streak, the longest of the season for a Dodger.

• Thursday's makeup game is the fifth such game in the past 11 years at PNC Park. The Pirates are 1-3 in those games. Comments