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A two-city, six-game road trip saw the Dodgers (41-35) win four games this past week including a sweep of the New York Mets at Citi Field over the weekend.

The Dodgers hit seven solo homers in an 8-7 win on Sunday with the game-clincher Justin Turner’s bash in the 11th inning.

Enrique Hernandez (three hits with three runs) and Cody Bellinger (two hits with two runs) each walloped two, while Max Muncy (two hits) and Joc Pederson each clubbed one.

Matt Kemp’s pinch hit grand slam in the eighth paved the way for an 8-3 victory on Saturday as pitcher Clayton Kershaw made his first start since May 31.

Kershaw, a three-time Cy Young winner, went three innings, allowing five hits and two runs, striking out four and walking one.

Muncy hit a solo shot, Chris Taylor lined a two-run double and Hernandez (two runs) laid down a squeeze bunt that scored a run.

Bellinger’s grand slam and Yasiel Puig (two hits) tagged a solo homer as the Blue Crew cruised to a 5-2 triumph on Friday.

Alex Wood (3-5) received credit for the win after working six innings, fanning seven with one walk, surrendering six hits and two runs.

Jon Lester was on the mark during Chicago’s 4-0 whitewash of the Dodgers at Wrigley Field on Wednesday.

Lester (9-2) gave up five hits and had one strikeout with three walks across seven innings.

Kyle Schwarber slapped a solo homer, Kris Bryant (two hits) added a run batted in and Anthony Rizzo (hit) had an RBI.

In a day-night doubleheader on Tuesday, the Cubs took the second game 2-1 on a run-tallying single by Albert Almora (two hits) in the 10th.

An RBI single by Austin Barnes in the sixth gave the Dodgers a 1-0 cushion, but Schwarber’s solo blast in the seventh tied it.

The Dodgers nabbed the opener 4-3 on Kyle Farmer’s two-run double in the ninth.

Pederson also had a solo bomb and Puig added a run-producing two-base hit.



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