It took some time before the Dodgers (54-43) hit their stride as they fell behind by nine and a half games, but after taking three of four from visiting San Diego this past week, the Blue Crew own the best record in the National League and are one game in front of San Francisco in the West Division.
Hyun-Jin Ryu (10-5) held the Padres to two hits, struck out a season-high 10 and walked none across six innings in Sunday’s 1-0 win, and was backed by Yasiel Puig’s game-winning hit in the sixth inning that scored Dee Gordon, who singled with one out and stole second (43rd).
A.J. Ellis lofted a two-out sacrifice fly in the ninth that brought in Adrian Gonzalez (two hits), who doubled (21st) as the Dodgers edged the Padres, 1-0, on Saturday.
Closer Kenley Jansen (1-3) got the victory as he tossed a scoreless ninth that included two strikeouts and two hits.
Carlos Quentin singled, doubled and drove in three runs, and Alexi Amarista (hit) scored a run and drove in two as San Diego hammered the Dodgers, 6-3, on Friday.
Clayton Kershaw (11-2) had his scoreless streak snapped at 41 innings after Chase Headley launched a solo homer in the sixth, but the Blue Crew beat San Diego, 2-1, on Thursday.
Kershaw struck out 11, walked one with three hits in nine innings and lowered his earned-run average to 1.78.
Detroit’s Max Scherzer (11-3), coming off the American League Cy Young, had the Dodgers tied up in a 4-1 loss on Wednesday at Comerica Park, walking two and fanning seven in seven frames while giving up four hits and one earned run.
Zack Greinke (11-5) gave up seven hits, whiffed eight with no walks and three earned runs in seven innings as the Tigers’ Austin Jackson collected two hits and tallied two runs.
After the Dodgers jumped to a five-run lead in the first, the Tigers responded with five runs in the second, added two runs in the third and finished with a 14-5 drubbing on Tuesday as Justin Verlander (8-7) tossed a five-hitter with four strikeouts and two walks in six innings.