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At least for one week, the Dodgers resembled last season’s team that went to the World Series after taking three games from Washington at Nationals Park and own a four-game winning streak.

Last Sunday, the Boys in Blue (20-26) shellacked the Nationals 7-2 behind Yasmani Grandal’s solo homer, a two-run shot from Enrique Hernandez (two runs) and a two-run round tripper by Yasiel Puig.

Alex Wood (1-4) toured six innings, striking out four, walking one with six hits and two runs yielded.

The Blue Crew took a day-night doubleheader on Saturday as pinch-hitter Matt Kemp’s two-run double in the ninth inning gave the Dodgers a 5-4 decision in the second game.

Max Muncy delivered a run-scoring single in the first, a solo homer in the fifth and Cody Bellinger launched a solo rocket in the eighth.

Rich Hill tossed two pitches and was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a recurring blister issue on the middle finger of his left throwing hand.

The Boys of Summer nabbed the opener 4-1 as Ross Stripling (1-1) allowed four hits with a career-best nine strikeouts and one run over six innings.

Joc Pederson singled and tripled with a run scored, Muncy had a run-producing double and a sacrifice fly.

Kenta Maeda (3-3) was dominant across eight innings, allowing two hits with eight strikeouts in a 7-0 victory over Miami at Marlins Park on Thursday.

Justin Turner (run) had three hits including a three-run double and a two-run double, Kemp added a single with two doubles and a run batted in while Puig (two hits and two runs) sliced a solo shot.

Justin Bour’s two-run bomb helped propel Miami to a 6-5 win on Wednesday.

Muncy doubled in two runs and Grandal (two hits with two runs) hit a solo bash and a run-tallying single.

J.T. Realmuto (three hits with a run) paced the Marlins to a 4-2 triumph with a run-scoring, two-base hit on Tuesday, offsetting solo homers by Bellinger and Puig.



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