BLUE CREW NEWS Dodgers make a real charge

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By Rick Assad

With the finish line in sight, the Dodgers (59-46) are playing well despite ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw being on the disabled list.

The Boys of Summer are two games behind the San Francisco Giants (61-44) in the National League West after snatching two of three from Arizona this past weekend at the Stadium.

Trailing 3-0 heading into the fourth inning on Sunday, the Blue Crew collected 17 hits while scoring in five straight frames and secured a 14-3 triumph.

Chris Taylor had a run batted in single in the fourth as did Howie Kendrick, Yasiel Puig (two runs and three hits) contributed an RBI double in the fifth and a run-producing two-base hit in the eighth.

Yasmani Grandal (three hits and three runs) smacked a three-run homer in the sixth and Justin Turner (two hits and two runs) delivered an RBI single in the same stanza.

Corey Seager (three hits and two runs) added a three-run missile (18th) in the seventh and Joc Pederson contributed a two-run shot in the eighth.

The Diamondbacks picked off the Dodgers 4-2 on Saturday as Jean Segura doubled and homered with two runs knocked in.

Scott Kazmir (9-4) gave up eight hits, four runs allowed with seven strikeouts and no walks across six and two-third innings.

On Friday, the Dodgers shoved aside Arizona 9-7 behind Pederson’s double and homer with four RBIs.

Chase Utley (hit and two runs) had two RBIs and Seager (three hits) tacked on a run and an RBI.

Tampa Bay eased past the host Dodgers 3-1 on Wednesday as Southern California native Evan Longoria banged out three hits including his 23rd homer and drove in a pair.

Matt Moore (7-7) took the victory after toiling six and two-third innings, allowing four hits and one unearned run with five strikeouts and four walks.

The Dodgers edged the Rays 3-2 on Tuesday on Grandal’s solo homer in the seventh while Seager and Turner (two hits) each had RBI singles in the third.

Bud Norris (6-9) surrendered two hits and no runs in six and one-third innings, fanning six and walking two.

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