Game 97: Dodgers hand Stephen Strasburg his first loss.

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Justin Turner hit two home runs in the Dodgers’ 6-3 win over the Washington Nationals on Thursday. (Getty Images)

Justin Turner’s two home runs were enough to lift the Dodgers over Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals, 6-3. The box score is here.

The San Francisco Giants didn’t play Thursday, so the Dodgers moved within four games of first place in the National League West for the first time since June 11.

Julio Urías’ fate, in the short term at least, is up in the air.

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Yasiel Puig leaves game with right hamstring tightness.

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A few minutes after he entered the game as a defensive replacement, Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig was removed from Thursday’s game against the Washington Nationals with an apparent lower body injury.

Update (12:17 p.m.): The Dodgers announced that Puig left the game with tightness in his right hamstring.

In his only plate appearance against the Nationals, Puig hit a sharp ground ball to third baseman Anthony Rendon. Puig was thrown out, briefly hopped on his left leg after running through first base, then immediately exited down the tunnel leading to the visitors’ clubhouse.

Scott Van Slyke took over in right field in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Dodgers pitcher Scott Kazmir nearly left Tuesday’s game with cramping in one his legs, but was able to stay in. Puig has already missed time this season with a left hamstring injury. The nature of this injury is unknown.

The Dodgers have lost more man-games due to injury than any MLB team and have 11 players on the disabled list at the moment.

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Game 96: Washington Nationals add insult to multiple injuries.

On the same day the Dodgers learned Clayton Kershaw might need back surgery, his replacement (Bud Norris) was roughed up by the Washington Nationals in an 8-1 loss to the Nationals. The box score is here.

Pitcher Alex Wood is expected to miss another eight weeks too following an arthroscopic procedure on his elbow.

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Dodgers place Chris Hatcher on 15-day DL with left oblique strain, recall Charlie Culberson.

The Dodgers’ disabled list grew by one Wednesday, when Chris Hatcher was placed on the 15-day DL with a left oblique strain. Infielder/outfielder Charlie Culberson was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

There are currently 11 players on the Dodgers’ disabled list, matching their high-water mark for the season (first accomplished in April). The 11 players have 2016 major league salaries in excess of $82 million, with a big boost from staff ace Clayton Kershaw.

Culberson is in the Dodgers’ starting lineup today against the Washington Nationals, batting eighth and playing shortstop.

The veteran appeared in 15 games with the Dodgers earlier this season, batting .259 (7-for-27) with two doubles and four RBI, before being optioned on May 18. In 46 games with Oklahoma City this season, he’s hitting .289 with 13 doubles, a triple, two home runs and 19 RBI.

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Nationals Park is flooded.

Reporters left Nationals Park last night tweeting about hail in the Washington D.C. area, which brought the potential for severe consequences overnight. Mostly, we were worried about windshields. Turns out we should have been worried about the park itself.

Right now at #Nationals Park.

A video posted by Jon SooHoo (@jon.soohoo) on

This is one of those scenes that makes you go “uhhhh.” As in: “uhhhh, don’t the Dodgers and Nationals have a game tonight? Aren’t they going to need that flooded batting cage?”

Yes and yes.

Stay tuned.

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