Game 77: Dodgers can’t bail out Clayton Kershaw after one bad inning.

Chad Kuhl

Pirates pitcher Chad Kuhl beat the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw in his debut Sunday. (Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH — One bad inning doomed Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers to a 4-3 loss Sunday in Pittsburgh. The box score is here.

Adrian Gonzalez was benched.

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Game 76: Pirates drop Dodgers for the second straight night.

Kenta Maeda

Kenta Maeda allowed four runs in five innings Saturday in the Dodgers’ 6-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. (Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH — Kenta Maeda gave up two home runs to Andrew McCutchen and the Dodgers didn’t collect a hit for the first five innings of a 6-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The box score is here.

Joe Blanton went ape on a Gatorade cooler:

The newest Dodger, Chris Taylor, has a unique connection to third base coach Chris Woodward.

Here’s a sampling of what they were saying in the clubhouse after the game:

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Game 75: Nick Tepesch mowed down by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Nick Tepesch

Nick Tepesch meets with Yasmani Grandal during the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 8-6 win over the Dodgers on Friday. (Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH — Spot starter Nick Tepesch and the Dodgers’ strained bullpen could not sustain a six-game winning streak despite 13 hits in an 8-6 loss to the Pirates. The box score is here.

Andrew Friedman said that Frankie Montas has a chance to return this season from a stress reaction in his rib.

Here’s what they were saying after tonight’s game:
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Game 74: Julio Urias starts, Yasiel Puig finishes the Dodgers’ sixth straight win.

Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig slides head-first into home plate after rounding the bases in the bottom of the ninth inning of the Dodgers’ 4-3 win over the Washington Nationals. Howie Kendrick, who scored the tying run, celebrates in the background. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)

With one out in the bottom of the ninth inning and Howie Kendrick on first base, Yasiel Puig rounded the bases on a single and three-base error, walking off the Washington Nationals to complete a 4-3 win. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.

The Kendrick experiment in left field is going well.

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Game 73: Yasmani Grandal’s home run brings Dodgers’ winning streak to five.

Yasmani Grandal

Yasmani Grandal shouts as he heads for second base after hitting a 3-run home run in the eighth inning. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)

Yasmani Grandal‘s three-run home run off Tanner Roark gave the Dodgers all the runs they would need in their fifth straight win, 3-2 over the Washington Nationals.

The Dodgers maintained their 5 ½-game deficit in the National League West behind the San Francisco Giants, who beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 15-4. The Dodgers visit Pittsburgh on Friday.

The box score is here.

Eric Gagne passed the best-closer-in-franchise-history torch to Kenley Jansen, and only one of them wanted to be a closer at first.

Here’s what they were saying after the game:
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