Blue’s stock is rising


A successful six-game road trip ended last Sunday for the Dodgers (44-26) with an 8-7 win and sweep over the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark.

The Boys in Blue went 5-1 and are tied with the Arizona Diamondbacks for second place in the National League West, one game behind the Colorado Rockies.

Kenta Maeda (5-3) was a double-threat as the one-time Japanese star knocked in two runs with a single and toured five innings with three hits yielded and one run with one walk and five strikeouts.

Justin Turner (two hits) banged a three-run homer and Logan Forsythe (two hits) clubbed a two-run shot.

Prior to the Dodgers 10-2 victory on Saturday that saw a statue of Pete Rose unveiled with the all-time hits leader sliding headfirst, Cody Bellinger (three hits and two runs) smashed his team-best 19th homer and had three runs batted in, Yasiel Puig swatted two homers with three RBIs and Joc Pederson added a solo home run.

Alex Wood (7-0) has been one of the best pitchers in the majors and should be selected to the All-Star team.

On Friday, the Dodgers took a 3-1 decision as the left-hander went eight innings, striking out five with no walks and allowed one run with four hits.

Pederson scored two runs and had two hits including a solo bomb while Chris Taylor doubled in a run.

Cleveland routed the Dodgers 12-5 at Progressive Field on Thursday behind a three-run rocket from Lonnie Chisenhall (two hits and five RBIs).

Taylor singled and doubled, scored a run and drove in two runs while Enrique Hernandez (two hits) socked a solo bullet during a four-run eighth inning as the Dodgers survived 6-4 on Wednesday.

Clayton Kershaw (9-2) toiled seven frames and allowed six hits, two runs with four strikeouts and two walks during Tuesday’s 7-5 triumph.

Bellinger garnered three hits that included a three-run bolt, a solo blast and a double while Puig (two hits) added a two-run homer.

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