Blue’s shining brightly

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At this point in the season for the Dodgers (83-34), with the National League West seemingly wrapped up, it’s time to prepare for the upcoming postseason after scooping up two of three games from San Diego this past weekend at the Stadium.

The Dodgers lead the division by 18 games over Arizona, have the best mark in the majors and are on pace to win 115 games, 10 more than the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers, who lost in the World Series to the New York Yankees in six games.

Justin Turner walloped a three-run homer (16th) and added a solo blast (17th), while Yasmani Grandal unloaded a two-run drive (15th) as the Boys of Summer claimed a 6-4 win on Sunday.

In Saturday’s 6-3 decision, Cody Bellinger (three hits) homered (34th), Corey Seager (two hits) drove in two runs and Chris Taylor (two hits with two runs) sliced a solo shot (17th).

The Blue Crew fell 4-3 on Friday even though Bellinger (three hits) drove in a couple of runs and scored a run while Austin Barnes (two hits including a double) contributed a run batted in.

The Dodgers concluded their nine-game road trip 7-2 after defeating Arizona 8-6 on Thursday at Chase Field behind Enrique Hernandez’s three-run double.

Turner (two hits with a run) delivered two RBIs, Barnes (single) added an RBI and Taylor (two runs) slapped a solo homer.

Yu Darvish (8-9) went five frames, gave up two hits with two runs, struck out 10 and walked two.

Yasiel Puig’s single knocked in Joc Pederson (RBI double) with the go-ahead run in the seventh and Bellinger (two hits with two runs) added an RBI as the Dodgers edged the Diamondbacks 3-2 on Wednesday.

Alex Wood (14-1) ventured six innings, yielding six hits with two runs along with four strikeouts and one walk.

In Tuesday’s 6-3 setback to the Diamondbacks, Jake Lamb clubbed a grand slam in the seventh inning and tossed in a solo blast to offset two solo home runs from Turner and Logan Forsythe’s RBI single.


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