Game 153: Tension is mounting and the Dodgers are backing into a division title.

Jimmy Rollins

Jimmy Rollins had three of the Dodgers’ nine hits in their 7-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Friday. (Andy Cross/The Denver Post)

DENVER >> Hear that loud beeping noise in the street? That’s the sound of the Dodgers backing into a division title.

Mike Bolsinger and the Dodgers looked tired at times in their 7-4 loss to the Rockies (the box score is here) but the Giants’ 5-4 loss in Oakland a couple hours later reduced the Dodgers’ magic number to two. The Dodgers lead the National League West by eight with nine games left in the regular season.

Kike Hernandez’s return to the lineup could be imminent, though it comes with little fanfare.

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Game 132: Now, the Dodgers can only eliminate themselves.

Buster Posey

Buster Posey is out at first base after being picked off Clayton Kershaw — one of two pickoffs in the game by the Dodgers’ pitcher. (Leo Jarzomb/Staff photographer)

By striking out 15 batters on Wednesday, Clayton Kershaw did something no San Francisco Giants opponent had done since Aug. 9, 1987. The last pitcher to do it: Nolan Ryan. (H/t to Giants beat writer Andrew Baggarly for that pull.)

Kershaw was all the Dodgers needed. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.

Mike Bolsinger will start Friday in San Diego, giving everyone other than Mat Latos an extra day’s rest.

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Game 131: Joc Pederson’s home run lifts the Dodgers in an urgent moment.

Joc Pederson homer

The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson and Adrian Gonzalez celebrate Pederson’s home run in the seventh inning off Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner in the Dodgers’ 2-1 win Tuesday. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)

Joc Pederson hit the game-winning home run and got lost in the moment. The Dodgers are getting contributions from everybody while the Giants are running out of healthy players, writes colleague Mark Whicker.

The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.

The Dodgers expanded their roster by five on September 1.

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Dodgers’ Zack Greinke and Giants’ Madison Bumgarner are both batting eighth tonight.

Pitchers Zack Greinke and Madison Bumgarner are both batting eighth for the Dodgers and Giants tonight at Dodger Stadium. It’s the first time either team has batted its starting pitcher anywhere other than ninth in the order this season.

Apparently, the coincidence is quite rare.

Greinke and Bumgarner are arguably the two best hitting pitchers in the game today.
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Andrew Friedman sent Kiké Hernandez into the Dodgers dugout wearing his banana suit.

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Kiké Hernandez wears his banana suit in the dugout during the Dodgers’ 5-4, 14-innings victory on Monday night. (Sarah Reingewirtz/Staff photographer)

Kiké Hernandez was a conspicuous presence in the corner of the Dodgers’ dugout, wearing his bright yellow “Rally Banana” jacket during their 14th-inning rally against the San Francisco Giants. The 24-year-old utilityman was placed on the 15-day disabled list prior to the game with a Grade 1 hamstring, so he intentionally went inside the clubhouse in the ninth inning, in case the Dodgers happened to win in their final plate appearance. “I came in here to like contain myself,” he said, thinking that he might further injure his hamstring celebrating on the field.

According to Hernandez, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman spotted him in the 12th inning wearing the banana suit. Hernandez said “Andrew saw me and said, ‘you’ve got to go down there.’ I said, I’ll get fined. He said, ‘I’ll pay your fine.’

“Gotta do what the boss says.”

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