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LAD@WSH: Nolasco holds Nats to two runs over 5 1/3

The Dodgers scraped and clawed their way back from a woeful start to take the lead in the National League West, and they aren't showing any signs of letting up, having won five straight since the All-Star break.

On the other side of the spectrum, the Blue Jays have lost five in a row since the Midsummer Classic (six overall), and the two clubs are set to meet for their series finale Wednesday night at Rogers Centre.

Ricky Nolasco will make his fourth start for the Dodgers, with whom he has posted a 3.12 ERA. He has allowed eight hits in each of his last two starts without making it out of the sixth inning. But over that time Nolasco has managed to limit the damage to five total runs.

The veteran right-hander came to the Dodgers earlier this month in a trade with Miami. In 7 1/2 seasons with the Marlins, he became the franchise's all-time leader in wins and strikeouts.

Opposite Nolasco will be fellow righty Esmil Rogers (3-4, 3.84 ERA). In his most recent start -- a no-decision on Friday against Tampa Bay -- Rogers surrendered four homers, marking a season high among Toronto starting pitchers.

Still, both Rogers and manager John Gibbons were convinced he had excellent stuff and simply made four mistakes that the Rays were able to capitalize on.

"He never really got into trouble, it was just the solo home runs," Gibbons said. "That was kind of a funny game for him. When he was on, he was dominating."

Rogers, formerly a member of the Rockies, has faced Los Angeles more than any other club. In his 13 outings against them, he's 0-1 with a 5.52 ERA.

He'll have to contend with a red-hot Dodgers offense that posted 10 runs Tuesday night in a wild come-from-behind victory. Rookie phenom Yasiel Puig went 2-for-3 with a walk, bringing his average to .369 and marking his first multi-hit game since the break.

Dodgers: Marmol called up

• Former Cubs right-hander Carlos Marmol made his first appearance with the Dodgers on Tuesday, as Jose Dominguez was placed on the disabled list with a strained left quad. He struggled, allowing three runs in 1 2/3 innings.

"I like the team, it wins every day," said Marmol, who posted a 5.86 ERA in 31 appearances for the Cubs. "With all the players here, it's a good team. How can I say no? Better than Chicago."

Blue Jays: Players-only meeting called

• Heading into the season the Blue Jays became a trendy choice to win the American League East, given their slew of offseason acquisitions. Instead, they sit in last place and on Tuesday night, they held a players-only meeting that lasted more than an hour.

"We ended up having the meeting, and for the most part it went well," Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen said. "But right now they're just words. I think everybody, including myself and my teammates, want to see it on the field."

Worth noting

• In 47 career at-bats against Nolasco, Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes is hitting .340 with three homers and a .963 OPS.

• In the all-time series between the Blue Jays and the Dodgers, neither club has swept a series in four previous tries. Los Angeles has a chance to do so Wednesday night.

• Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion is hitting .354 with five homers in 16 Interleague games this season.

• Since July 5, the Dodgers bullpen has combined to post a 1.35 ERA. Comments