The last word

"He could be one of those guys with the ability to go get a little something extra when he needs to go get it. But it's not like he's on cruise control the other times." -- manager Clint Hurdle on Gerrit Cole, who ended both the third and fourth innings with strikeouts with runners in scoring position.

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