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Clayton Kershaw (14-2) capped the first-half of the season with a complete-game six-hitter with two runs, 13 strikeouts and no walks and was supported by Justin Turner’s solo homer and two-run shot en route to a 5-2 victory for the Dodgers (61-29) over visiting Kansas City last Sunday.

The Boys of Summer own the best record in baseball which celebrates its 88th All-Star Game in Miami this week.

Cody Bellinger walked with the bases filled in the 10th for a 5-4 win on Saturday.

Two frames earlier, Bellinger, who also doubled, laced an opposite-field, one-out solo home run (team-best 25th) to left field that tied it at 4-4.

Joc Pederson (two hits) had a two-run blast while Turner tossed in a sacrifice fly.

Yasiel Puig homered and singled, Chase Utley doubled, singled and added a run with a run batted in during the Dodgers’ 4-1 decision on Friday.

A four-run, ninth-inning that included a two-run base hit by Corey Seager and Chris Taylor (four hits) getting the game-winning single as the Dodgers claimed a 5-4 triumph over Arizona on Thursday.

Yasmani Grandal doubled in Taylor, who singled in the second and Alex Wood (10-0) went seven shutout frames with three hits yielded, 10 strikeouts and two walks in a 1-0 blanking of the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the Boys in Blue knocked off Arizona 4-3 as Grandal (three hits) delivered two scoring singles and Turner (two hits) tossed in a solo homer and a run-scoring single.

The Dodgers fell to San Diego 5-4 at Petco Park on July 2 despite Seager collecting three hits including a two-run double.

On July 1, the Blue Crew buzzed the Padres 8-0 behind Rich Hill (5-4), who journeyed seven frames with 11 strikeouts, one walk and four hits and a grand slam from Taylor (two hits and two runs).

Austin Barnes cracked a grand slam and a three-run bomb as the Dodgers routed San Diego 10-4 on June 30.

On June 29, the Dodgers trounced the host Angels 6-2 behind Pederson’s three-run homer and Puig (two hits), who tossed in a solo rocket.

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Rick Assad has written about sports for the Pasadena Star-News and Los Angeles Times. Contact him at richsports5@sbcglobal.net.

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