Game 18: As Alex Guerrero takes off, the Dodgers are brought back to earth.

Yasmani Grandal

Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal tagged out Yangervis Solarte in the first inning on a nice relay from center fielder Joc Pederson to second baseman Justin Turner on Sunday. (Getty Images)

The Dodgers lost 3-1 to the San Diego Padres on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Alex Guerrero just keeps hitting.

Prior to the game, Yasiel Puig went on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

The box score is here.

Game 17: Brandon McCarthy is hurt in a slugfest.

Adrian Gonzalez

Adrian Gonzalez hit a three-run home run, his seventh of the season, in the Dodgers’ 11-8 win over San Diego. (Getty Images)

True story: As I was taking the elevator up to the press box today, a man turned to a boy who could be about his son’s age and remarked that the Padres needed to win this game in order to tie the Dodgers for first place in the National League West. He was right, of course. It was a reminder that people still care about the standings in April. Sometimes I need that reminder.

My apologies, then, to that Padre-faithful family for pointing out that your beloved team will not end the weekend in first place.

The Dodgers (11-6) lead the Rockies (10-8) by a game and a half, and the Padres (10-9) by two games. They also have a starting pitcher dealing with a stiff elbow. Scott Baker starts the series finale Sunday.

Saturday’s box score is here.

Game 15: Death, taxes, and Zack Greinke dominates the San Diego Padres.

Zack Greinke

Zack Greinke did not allow a run in seven innings Friday, lowering his ERA for the season to 1.35. (Associated Press photo)

Zack Greinke was the panacea for all the Dodgers’ ills Friday — their taxed bullpen, their three-game losing streak. Well, almost all the ills. Can he donate a hamstring to Yasiel Puig?

Puig’s re-aggravated injury put a damper on the Dodgers’ win, their first of the week after three straight losses in San Francisco. Manager Don Mattingly sounded relieved that Greinke was able to go seven innings; Pedro Baez and Paco Rodriguez held down the eighth inning with a big assist from Jimmy Rollins. Yimi Garcia threw 12 pitches (nine were strikes) in pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his first career save.

I didn’t write about Alex Guerrero today. That’s because he never left the bench. Juan Uribe had an RBI single and now has a seven-game hitting streak.

I mentioned Sunday’s “TBA” starter at the end of today’s notebook. For what it’s worth, Scott Baker is still listed as the Oklahoma City Dodgers’ starter tomorrow, Carlos Frias Sunday.

Tonight’s box score is here.