It almost seems like it couldn’t possibly have really happened.

FansThere are the Blue Jay fans, cheering on their closer as he tries to protect a slim one-run lead against the hottest team in baseball.

Puig at firstKasey Janssen (no relation to Kenley Jansen) has somehow sent Yasiel Puig to first with a base-on-balls. (I say somehow because Puig has not shown a great deal of patience in his at-bats of late.) Somehow, Puig doesn’t try to steal second as Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez both strike out swinging.

DreTwo outs, Andre Ethier at the plate. He used to be called Captain Clutch, because he almost always came through for the Dodgers when they needed him. Here he goes again, on a 1-2 count (Dodgers down to their last strike), he bloops one into center field for a base hit, and Puig takes off like a bat out of hell.

RasmusEthier’s ball hits the artificial turf and bounces high over the head of Blue Jay center fielder Colby Rasmus.

Puig kickPuig — just a blur sprinting past third — comes home to tie the score, 3-3.

This is a team that just doesn’t give up. The day before yesterday (Tuesday, July 23), the Dodgers came back from an 8-3 deficit going into the seventh to beat Toronto 10-9 in the second game of the series.

Yesterday, after Ethier and Puig (and the error by Rasmus) combined to give the Dodgers one more inning to try to sweep, they took spectacular advantage of it, lighting up poor Juan Perez for five more runs in the 10th (homers by second baseman Mark Ellis and Puig, a two-run double by Captain Clutch himself) — final score … 8-3.

Matt Kemp congratulates Yasiel Puig in the dugout after he scored from first to tie the game in the 9th inning.

Matt Kemp congratulates Yasiel Puig in the dugout after he scored from first to tie the game in the 9th inning.

Another sweep, their 10th consecutive win on the road (an L.A. Dodger record), and a perfect 6-0 since the All-Star break. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again … it seems like they just can’t lose at this point. Every game, no matter the obstacle (three costly errors in yesterday’s game, for example), they find a way to win and win big. Oh my goodness.

Even Charlie Steiner’s jinxes can’t stop these guys!

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