Brian Dozier goes deep, extends the American League’s lead to 6-2 in the eighth

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CINCINNATI — It’s not dark yet for the National League, but it’s getting there.

Brian Dozier, pinch-hitting for Jason Kipnis against Pirates reliever Mark Melancon, homered to denter field on the fourth pitch he saw. That made it 6-2, A.L.

Reminder: though some men named Altuve and Kipnis may take issue with this, there are some in the world who think that Brian Dozier is the best second baseman in baseball right now. Not sure I buy that, but on this night he gave the A.L. some breathing room and continued his torrid July.