Dodgers remain on track

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Something rare happened in San Diego’s Petco Park last Sunday, as rain forced a postponement and limited the series to two games which the Dodgers (17-14) claimed.

The Boys of Summer are second in the National League West, mere percentage points ahead of the Arizona Diamondbacks (18-15) and both are chasing the Colorado Rockies (20-12).

Knowing Sunday’s contest was in jeopardy, Clayton Kershaw (5-2) was moved ahead one day and his effort was rewarded with a 10-2 win on Saturday.

The left-hander toured seven and one-third innings, giving up five hits and one run while striking out nine and walking four.

The Blue Crew led 3-0 in the top of the fourth, bolted ahead 5-0 in the fifth inning and tacked on five runs, including grand slam from Cody Bellinger (two hits with two runs and five runs batted in) in the ninth.

Enrique Hernandez doubled and added two RBIs while Austin Barnes slashed a single and a double.

On Friday, Bellinger (three hits with four RBIs), a rookie, continued his long-ball attack, hitting a homer in the fourth and one in the ninth, while Andrew Toles had a double with two RBIs as the Dodgers hammered the Padres, 8-2.

Visiting San Francisco scored three runs in the 11th and came away with a 4-1 victory on Wednesday.

Buster Posey and Hunter Pence (run) each banged out two hits with an RBI for the Giants.

Toles collected three hits and Chris Taylor singled in a run for the Boys in Blue.

Alex Wood (2-0) fanned eight with one walk and surrendered seven hits with five runs (four earned) over five frames in a 13-5 blitz of the Giants on Tuesday.

Bellinger (two hits with two runs) had a three-run triple during a six-run second inning and Yasiel Puig (three hits and two runs) clubbed a pair of two-run hits.

Johnny Cueto (4-1) earned a 4-3 decision for San Francisco on Monday after working seven innings, striking out six, walking one with six hits and three runs.

The hitting star was Pence who smacked a two-run homer in the first inning.


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