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Like a turtle making its daily rounds, so too are the Dodgers trying to get back into the National League West race after winning two of three from San Diego at the Stadium this past weekend.

The Boys In Blue (24-28), who have taken eight of 10, are now three and a half games behind first-place Colorado (28-25).

On Sunday, the Dodgers whipped the Padres 6-1 as Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy each slapped two-run homers.

Enrique Hernandez contributed a run-scoring single and Chris Taylor added two hits with two runs.

Walker Buehler (3-1) held San Diego in check by allowing four hits with one run and eight strikeouts in seven innings.

The Padres clouted four homers en route to a 7-5 win on Saturday with the key blow a two-run homer from Christian Villanueva, who also had a solo bomb and has 14 for the season.

Freddy Galvis hit a two-run shot and one-time Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis (two hits) clubbed a solo rocket.

Justin Turner, who had been on the disabled list for six weeks with a broken wrist, belted his first homer and Taylor (two hits) also walloped a homer.

On Friday, Matt Kemp singled twice and smacked a three-run blast in the first inning and Hernandez added a solo bomb as the Dodgers prevailed 4-1.

Kenta Maeda (4-3) fanned 12, walked four and allowed two hits across six and two-third frames as the Dodgers won 3-0 over Colorado on Wednesday at Chavez Ravine.

Taylor’s two-run homer led the way to a 5-3 victory on Tuesday against the Rockies, while Kemp (two hits) had a run-tallying single and Yasiel Puig mashed a solo homer and had a bases-loaded walk for a run batted in.

Pinch hitter Carlos Gonzalez’s run-scoring hit in the eighth proved the game-winner as the Rockies won 2-1 on Monday.

Gerardo Parra added a solo homer for Colorado, while Muncy’s solo rocket gave the Dodgers a 1-0 edge in the fourth.


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