Blue’s In Third

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The Dodgers (18-14) are in third place in the National League West behind San Francisco and Colorado after losing two of three games to host Miami this past weekend.

In Sunday’s 5-4 loss, Giancarlo Stanton, who played at Notre Dame High in Sherman Oaks, cracked two homers (ninth and 10th) and had three runs batted in.

The Dodgers tied it at 2-2 in the third inning when Dee Gordon drew a two-out walk. Yasiel Puig singled and Gordon went to third base. Hanley Ramirez’s hit drove in Gordon, Puig advanced to third and scored on a passed ball.

Three innings later, Adrian Gonzalez walked with two out, advanced to third base on Matt Kemp’s single and came around on Carl Crawford’s hit that knotted it at 3-3.

The Dodgers’ final run came in the ninth when Chone Figgins walked to leadoff the frame and scored on Andre Ethier’s double

Crawford’s two-run homer in the 11th helped the Dodgers to a 9-7 win behind a season-high 16 hits on Saturday, and Gordon had a career-best five hits with three stolen bases, two RBIs and two runs.

Gordon had his fourth three-hit game this season with an RBI and a run, while Puig stole two bases, walked and singled for the Dodgers, who fell 6-3 to Miami on Friday.

The Blue Crew took a doubleheader at Minnesota on Thursday, grabbing the nite-cap in 12 innings 4-3, and the opener 9-4.

Scott Van Slyke homered in the 12th as did Drew Butera, which was the decisive hit. Van Slyke also tripled in the sixth and scored.

Dan Haren (4-0) toured six and two-third innings in the opener, giving up six hits and four runs (three earned), striking out seven, walking three, and was supported by Puig (four hits and two RBIs) and Juan Uribe (four hits, two runs and two RBIs).

Zack Greinke (5-0) was stellar in the Dodgers’ 6-4 victory over the Twins on Wednesday as the right-hander held Minnesota to one unearned run over six innings, with one walk, six strikeouts and seven hits.

Uribe drove in two runs, while Ethier (two hits, RBI and a run), Puig (two hits, two runs and an RBI), Gonzalez (double and single with an RBI) and Butera (two hits with a run) were the offensive stars.

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