Blue Buzz


Because the Dodgers (38-43) are finally healthy, they’ve turned it around and are four games behind first-place Arizona in the National League West after last Sunday’s 6-1 pounding of Philadelphia at the Stadium.

Yasiel Puig had four hits including a double and a triple with two runs scored, A. J. Ellis three hits with a run batted in and a run scored, and Matt Kemp two hits, two runs and an RBI.

Stephen Fife (3-2) covered seven innings, allowing four hits and no runs, striking out five and walking one.

“Stephen continues to improve, and he’s a hard worker,’’ said Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt. “When he gets the sinker and curveball established, that makes his fastball so much better. He’s given us a big lift.”

In Saturday’s 4-3 win, Ellis’ game-winning hit came in the ninth inning after the Dodgers led 3-1 in the first.

The Phillies collected 21 hits off five pitchers on Friday, as the visitors hammered out a 16-1 drubbing.

John Lannan (1-2) traversed seven frames and gave up five hits, but went three-for-four at the plate, while Michael Young finished with four hits and Delmon Young three hits.

A two-run rally in the seventh lifted the Dodgers to a 6-4 triumph over Philadelphia on Thursday.

Puig’s two-run single in the frame gave the Dodgers a one-run lead, and it became two runs on Ellis’ sacrifice fly in the eighth.

Zack Greinke (5-2) lasted seven innings, striking out five, walking one with four runs (earned) while scattering 12 hits.

Clayton Kershaw (6-5) delivered eight innings with two runs (earned), and yielded four hits in the Dodgers’ 4-2 victory over visiting San Francisco on Wednesday.

Hanley Ramirez had an RBI hit in the third inning, but Buster Posey’s two-run homer in the fourth gave the Giants a one-run advantage.

Andre Ethier added an RBI single in the sixth, and Ellis chipped in with a run-scoring double, and later scored on a wild pitch.

Ramirez and Mark Ellis each had two hits, drove in two runs and scored a run for the Boys in Blue, who edged the Giants, 6-5, on Tuesday.

Among Puig’s three hits in Monday’s 3-1 decision over San Francisco was a homer, and the rookie from Cuba had two RBIs and a run scored.

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