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That battleship known as the Dodgers (74-31) continues at full speed ahead after sweeping San Francisco at the Stadium this past weekend.

Pinch hitter Kyle Farmer, in his first major league at-bat, doubled in two runs in the 11th inning for a 3-2 win last Sunday for the eighth victory in a row.

Two frames earlier, Yasiel Puig (two hits) singled in Chase Utley, who had an infield hit and then stole second base.

For the first time since 1962, the Dodgers are 43 games over .500, own the best record in the majors and are 14 games ahead of Arizona (60-45) in the National League West.

On Saturday, Cody Bellinger delivered a pair of run-scoring singles that plated Corey Seager (two runs), who had three hits including two doubles as the Boys of Summer prevailed 2-1.

Seager blasted a solo homer (17th) and a two-run shot (18th) in the seventh for a 6-4 decision on Friday.

Alex Wood (12-1) pieced together seven innings with eight hits and four runs surrendered while striking out five and walking none.

Wood had a run batted in, Chris Taylor scored a run, doubled and tossed in an RBI and Puig added a run-scoring grounder.

The Blue Crew grabbed three encounters from visiting Minnesota that included Wednesday’s 6-5 triumph.

Puig (19th) and Joc Pederson (11th) both bopped solo homers and Utley added a two-run, pinch hit double in the seventh that cut the Twins lead to 5-4.

The Dodgers pushed around the Twins 6-2 on Tuesday with Taylor cracking two doubles that produced three runs.

Pederson (two runs) had a run-scoring double, while Puig (three hits with a run) added an RBI single and Logan Forsythe a run-tallying base hit.

The Dodgers ambushed Minnesota 6-4 on Monday behind Bellinger’s one-out, three-run homer in the eighth.

Taylor (three hits) scored a run and drove in a run while Pederson and Yasmani Grandal each unloaded solo blasts.


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