Blue remain in first

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In what has turned out to be a marvelous season for the Dodgers, the Blue Crew (68-31) saw ace Clayton Kershaw exit last Sunday’s 5-4 victory over visiting Atlanta in the second inning with tightness in his lower back.

Logan Forsythe (two hits with a run) had the game-clinching single in the 10th inning.

In the fourth, Austin Barnes (two hits) smashed a three-run homer and Cody Bellinger added a solo homer.

Chris Taylor homered and clubbed a two-run triple during a 6-2 verdict over the Braves on Saturday.

Corey Seager and Chase Utley each mashed solo bombs and Yasiel Puig (two hits) added an RBI.

Jaime Garcia (4-7) walloped a grand slam and pitched a seven-hitter with three runs over seven innings in a 12-3 victory by Atlanta on Friday.

Tyler Flowers (two hits and two runs) bashed a three-run homer and finished with four RBIs and one-time Dodger Matt Kemp had three hits with two runs.

The Dodgers had their 11-game winning streak snapped by the Braves 6-3 on Thursday as Freddie Freeman (two hits) delivered two RBIs with a run and Kurt Suzuki (two hits) bashed a two-run homer.

Bellinger (hit) had an RBI and Yasmani Grandal a two-run homer in the sixth that cut the lead in half.

When the rains fell in the bottom of the eighth, the game was called and gave the Boys in Blue a 9-1 win against host Chicago on Wednesday.

Kenta Maeda (8-4) scooped up the lopsided win after touring five innings with five hits and one run allowed.

Taylor (three hits) had a solo shot with three runs and two RBIs, Seager (three hits) a two-run home run with three RBIs and two runs tallied while Enrique Hernandez added two solo rockets.

On Tuesday, the Dodgers edged the White Sox 1-0 behind Kershaw (15-2) and Bellinger (two hits), who drove in Taylor (four hits) in the opening frame.

Kershaw went seven innings, striking out seven, walking one with seven hits yielded.

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The Sports Department 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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