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Before three innings were played last Sunday, the Dodgers (9-4) had five runs in the bank, eventually fended off Arizona, 8-6, at Chase Field and claimed a three-game sweep.

Dan Haren (2-0) scattered nine hits, allowed three runs (earned), striking out five and walking one over five and two-third innings, while hard-throwing reliever Kenley Jansen notched his fourth save after fanning two in one inning of work.

The Dodgers, who are one game ahead of San Francisco in the National League West, saw Matt Kemp line a solo homer in the second inning, while Adrian Gonzalez (two hits and two runs) smacked a three-run bomb in the third, and now has five homers with 14 runs batted in.

Dee Gordon singled, scored a run and stole four bases. “I’m just trying to help out my team,’’ said the second baseman who is batting .400 with nine steals. “I’m just going to play hard and have no regrets.”

Andre Ethier had a run-scoring grounder in the fifth and Juan Uribe’s homer in the seventh made it 8-3.

Gonzalez ripped two hits including a two-run shot in the third as the Dodgers pounded out 12 hits in their 8-5 triumph over the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

Zack Greinke (3-0) twirled an eight-hitter with one run (earned), striking out eight with no walks over five and one-third innings.

Gonzalez (three hits) drove in five runs and had a two-run blast in the first as the Dodgers blanked Arizona 6-0 on Friday.

Hanley Ramirez (three hits) scored three runs with an RBI, and Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-1) walked one, whiffed eight and gave up two hits in seven frames.

Jansen served the go-ahead homer to Victor Martinez in the 10th as visiting Detroit escaped with a 7-6 decision on Wednesday.

Josh Beckett lasted four innings, yielding five hits with four earned runs while striking out five and walking one.

The Dodgers tied it at 6-6 with a three-run ninth that included a leadoff bomb from Gonzalez. Ethier and Kemp each walked, and Uribe’s single loaded the bases. Scott Van Slyke’s force out brought in Ethier and Kemp came around on a single by Gordon (three hits and an RBI).

Carl Crawford (three hits) had an RBI, Gordon (two hits with a run) had an RBI, and Justin Turner’s sacrifice fly lifted the Dodgers past the Tigers, 3-2, on Tuesday.

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