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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Game 67: Clayton Kershaw’s win-to-loss ratio is pretty good, too.

Kiké Hernandez left field

Paul Goldschmidt drove in a run against Clayton Kershaw on Wednesday with this single off the top of the left field wall at Chase Field. A video review confirmed it wasn’t a home run. (Getty Images)


A three-run home run by Scott Van Slyke, a typical Clayton Kershaw performance, and a historic save by Kenley Jansen, highlighted a 3-2 Dodgers win in Phoenix. The Dodgers return home for a six-game homestand tomorrow.

The box score is here.

The Dodgers’ focus on defense is working, somehow, and Frankie Montas is at last a candidate to join the Dodgers’ starting rotation.

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Game 64: Another one-run game in San Francisco, another loss.

Julio Urias

Julio Urias (7) stands beside Justin Turner, left, and Chase Utley (26) as he waits to be removed from the Dodgers’ 2-1 loss to the Giants on Sunday. (Associated Press photo)

A two-run home run by Brandon Belt was Julio Urias‘ only mistake in a 2-1 Dodgers loss in San Francisco. The box score is here.

Kenley Jansen‘s teammates talked to him about being accountable after he blew off the media (and blew a save) Saturday night.

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Game 63: Giants walk off the Dodgers in 10 innings.

Buster Posey's bat

A bat that slipped out of Buster Posey’s hand got stuck in the netting behind home plate in the second inning of the Dodgers’ 5-4 loss to the Giants on Saturday. (Associated Press photo)

Adrian Gonzalez‘s home run in the top of the 10th inning went for naught, as the Giants rallied for two runs off Kenley Jansen in a 5-4 loss. The box score is here.

Hyun-Jin Ryu is re-starting his rehab Sunday with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. Brandon McCarthy started his today.

One of the Dodgers’ draft picks is a cancer survivor.

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Game 43: Melvin Upton Jr. walks off Kenley Jansen and the Dodgers. (Video)

Yasiel Puig watches his fifth home run of the season leave Petco Park on Friday in San Diego. (Getty Images)

Yasiel Puig watches his fifth home run of the season leave Petco Park on Friday in San Diego. (Getty Images)


The San Diego Padres hit the last of five home runs Friday, a walk-off shot by Melvin Upton Jr. against Kenley Jansen, in an 8-7 win over the Dodgers. The box score is here.

The Dodgers are 21-22, 3 ½ games behind the first-place San Francisco Giants. Jansen isn’t the problem, but they’ll carry eight men in their bullpen for another five games after today anyway.

Here are some postgame comments from Dave Roberts, Scott Kazmir, A.J. Ellis and Yasiel Puig:

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