Productive Dodgers still contenders

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A productive week in which the Dodgers (44-39) went 4-2, was followed up by a less than stellar effort this past week.

Matt Kemp clubbed a leadoff solo homer in the eighth inning and finished with four runs batted in as the Dodgers prevailed 6-4 over Colorado on Sunday at the Stadium and went 3-4 over the seven days.

“I was looking for something to hit hard,’’ said Kemp, who singled and doubled and has driven in 51 runs with a .310 batting average. “It’s time to get it going again.’’

Max Muncy added two base hits and scored two runs while Cody Bellinger also had an RBI for the Dodgers, who are two and a half games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks (47-37) in the National League West.

On Saturday, the Rockies won 3-1 as German Marquez (6-8) gave up two hits with one run, nine strikeouts and two walks over eight innings.

Marquez had a perfect game after five innings and even unleashed a pitch that reached 100 miles per hour in the eighth inning.

D.J. LeMahieu (double) scored on a passed ball in the fourth that made it 1-0, Ian Desmond’s solo homer in the fifth pushed it to 2-0 and Chris Iannetta’s run-tallying single in the seventh gave Colorado a 3-1 edge.

Enrique Hernandez scored the only run for the Dodgers in the sixth on a homer.

Colorado was victorious 3-1 on Friday as Nolan Arenado (two hits) hit a solo homer while Justin Turner (two hits) lined a solo shot for the Boys of Summer.

Chicago took out the host Dodgers 11-5 on Thursday as Addison Russell (two hits and a run) delivered four RBIs while Anthony Rizzo (four hits and a run) drove in three.

Joc Pederson (homer) and Yasmani Grandal (double) each had two RBIs as the Dodgers came through with a 7-5 win on Wednesday.

Javier Baez (four hits) drilled a solo homer and a grand slam in the Cubs’ 9-4 victory on Tuesday.

Chris Taylor’s pinch hit homer in the eighth gave the Dodgers a 2-1 triumph on Monday.

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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 richsports5@sbcglobal.net.

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