Dodgers rule the roost

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Taking a respite because of the All-Star Game which the American League captured 2-1 over the National League last Tuesday behind Robinson Cano’s solo homer in the 10th inning, the Dodgers remain torrid after sweeping Miami, which hosted the Midsummer Classic, this past weekend.

The Boys of Summer (64-29) own the best record in the majors, have won nine in a row, are 29-4 since June 7 and hold a 10 and a half game advantage in the National League West over the Arizona Diamondbacks (53-39).

On Sunday, the visiting Dodgers prevailed 3-2 behind Justin Turner’s solo homer (11th) and a sacrifice fly from Turner (two hits), who made his first All-Star team.

Austin Barnes (two hits) chipped in with a run batted in single in the fourth that plated Chris Taylor, who tripled to make it 3-0.

Rich Hill (6-4) struck out nine, walked none across five innings, yielded five hits and no runs while closer Kenley Jansen, also an All-Star, earned the save, his 23rd after toiling one and one-third innings, fanning three with two hits allowed.

Rookie sensation Cody Bellinger, who played in his initial All-Star clash, became the third Los Angeles Dodger to hit for the cycle, rapping a single, double, triple and homer (team-high 26th) in a game and helped the Boys in Blue to a 7-1 win over the Marlins on Saturday.

Bellinger finished with three RBIs and crossed home plate twice while Yasmani Grandal slapped a three-run homer in the third.

Alex Wood, who was also on the All-Star team, twirled a three-hitter over six frames, striking out four with one walk and became the first Dodger hurler to go 11-0 since 1913, according to the most accurate data available.

The Dodgers were down to their final strike when Yasiel Puig unloaded his second homer, a three-run blast (18th) in the ninth that pushed the club to a 6-4 triumph on Friday.

In the fifth inning, Puig smacked a solo rocket and in the ninth, Corey Seager, who made his second All-Star squad, cracked a solo bomb.

Joc Pederson collected a single and a double with two runs and Taylor added two singles.


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The Sports Department Rick Assad has written about sports for the Pasadena Star-News and Los Angeles Times. Contact him at

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