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Don’t look now, but the Dodgers (29-30) are two-and-a-half games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League West after sweeping Colorado at Coors Field this past weekend and have won 13 of 17 games.

Max Muncy ripped a solo homer and a three-run blast, Yasmani Grandal laced a two-run bomb as part of a three-run ninth inning and Logan Forsythe tossed in two hits with two runs and a run batted in for the Boys in Blue who came away with a 10-7 victory on Sunday.

The Dodgers battered the Rockies 12-4 on Saturday that included an eight-run seventh.

Matt Kemp (two hits and two runs) lined a two-run homer, Breyvic Valera, who had an RBI single in the second also added a two-run single in the seventh.

Chris Taylor (two hits with a run) smacked a two-run triple and Grandal added a run-scoring force out in the seventh, while Joc Pederson (career-tying four hits with four runs) chimed in with a pair of solo homers.

On Friday, the Dodgers prevailed 11-8 as Taylor (two hits and two runs) drove in four that included a three-run homer, Yasiel Puig (four hits with three runs) connected on a two-run blast and Kemp clubbed a solo bomb.

The Dodgers fell to Philadelphia 2-1 at the Stadium on Thursday with Clayton Kershaw, who was making his first start in a month after being on the disabled list, toured five innings with five strikeouts, one walk and one run with four hits, but went back on the DL after experiencing lower back tightness.

Kemp led the Boys in Blue to an 8-2 blitz over the Phillies on Wednesday with an RBI double, a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly.

Jake Arrieta (5-2) took the 6-1 victory after shutting out the Dodgers over seven innings on Tuesday, allowing six hits with five strikeouts and two walks.

Justin Turner (two hits) drove in the Dodgers’ lone tally with a base hit in the eighth.

On Monday, the Dodgers sneaked past the Phillies 5-4 after a three-run eighth as Kemp hit a run-tallying double, Muncy an RBI single and Grandal the go-ahead base hit.




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