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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Game 72: Clayton Kershaw wins surprise matchup against Nats’ Yusmeiro Petit.

Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw improved to 11-1 against the Washington Nationals on Monday. (Getty Images)

Clayton Kershaw earned his paycheck Monday in a 4-1 Dodgers win over the Washington Nationals.

The box score is here.

Zach Lee is looking forward to his new opportunity in the Mariners organization.

The Dodgers went 5-1 in their six games prior to today, only to lose a half-game in the National League West standings. The Giants’ eight-game winning streak ended Monday with a 1-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, so the Dodgers within 5 ½ games of first place. They’re six games over .500 for the first time all season.

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Washington Nationals scratch Stephen Strasburg with upper back strain.

So much for 10-0 versus 10-1.

The Washington Nationals scratched starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg from his scheduled start against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw today. Strasburg hasn’t lost a game this season in 10 decisions, while Kershaw is 10-1.

Yusmeiro Petit will start in Strasburg’s place.

The Kershaw-Strasburg matchup would have been the earliest National League game (by calendar date) since at least 1913 with two starting pitchers with 10 or more wins.

Here are the revised starting lineups for both teams:
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Yasiel Puig will be activated from the disabled list tomorrow.

Yasiel Puig is at Dodger Stadium today. He was expected to be available to the Dodgers for their Monday night matchup against the Washington Nationals.

But Dave Roberts did something in keeping with the tradition of Don Mattingly and Joe Torre, giving Puig an extra day of rest before his return from the 15-day disabled list.
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