At the pace the Boys of Summer were on for nearly two months, it was inevitable there would be a lull.
The Dodgers (92-44) lost six of seven games this past week after losing three of four to San Diego at Petco Park over the weekend.
On Sunday, the Padres pulled out a 6-4 win as Wil Myers slapped three hits and drove in two runs while Erick Aybar drilled a two-run homer.
Chris Taylor drilled a solo shot (19th) and Cody Bellinger (two runs), who also tripled, banged a solo blast, his 36th, breaking the Dodgers rookie record held by Hall of Famer Mike Piazza.
On Saturday, the Dodgers dropped a doubleheader, including the night cap 7-2 as Yu Darvish (8-11) was pushed around for five runs and eight hits in three innings with three walks and five strikeouts.
Adrian Gonzalez (two hits) drove in a run and Justin Turner (double, run) also knocked in a tally.
In the first game, the Padres prevailed 6-5 when Yangervis Solarte homered in the ninth inning.
Bellinger creamed a two-run cannon shot and Turner hit a two-run bomb (18th).
Clayton Kershaw (16-2) returned to the mound on Friday after being sidelined for slightly less than six weeks with a back issue and twirled a two-hitter across six frames with seven strikeouts and no walks during a 1-0 win as Chase Utley had a run-scoring single.
Arizona’s Zack Greinke (16-6) limited the Boys in Blue to four hits and one run in an 8-1 shelling on Thursday at Chase Field.
Greinke ventured six innings, fanned six, walked two and was assisted by Paul Goldschmidt (two hits, run and two runs batted in) and A.J. Pollock’s two-run homer.
The Dodgers fell 6-4 on Wednesday after a three-run first when Adam Rosales homered and Goldschmidt zipped a two-run rocket.
The Dodgers lost 7-6 on Tuesday despite Taylor’s two-run homer and three RBIs and Yasmani Grandal’s three hits that included an RBI single.
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