The Dodgers are a base-stealing team now.

Jose Peraza

Jose Peraza is 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts since joining the Dodgers. (Getty Images)

SAN DIEGO — The Dodgers’ recent success stealing bases makes for nice statistics. An unexpected streak of 13 steals in 13 attempts entering Saturday’s game against the Padres means the Dodgers are no longer last in baseball in stolen bases or stolen-base success rate.

Going beyond the numbers, this makes for even better strategy.

“It’s something that’s small but yet plays big,” Dodgers first base coach Davey Lopes said. “Now we keep this approach that we have now and bring it to a playoff situation, now we can manufacture a run here. People can’t say ‘well, they’re not going to run.’ Now all of a sudden they’re starting to run. What’s the deal?”

Lopes identified a couple reasons for the Dodgers’ newfound success.
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Game 134: Scott Schebler and the Dodgers tee off at Petco Park.

Scott Schebler

Scott Schebler is greeted at the dugout by teammates after hitting his first career home run against the San Diego Padres in the DOdgesr’ 8-4 win on Friday. (Associated Press photo)

SAN DIEGO — Scott Schebler contributed to a Petco Park-record tying eight home runs in the Dodgers’ 8-4 win on Friday. The box score is here.

Yasiel Puig and Kiké Hernandez might not return until the playoffs.

Dodgers prospect Scott Schebler named Pacific Coast League player of the week.

Triple-A outfielder Scott Schebler was named the Pacific Coast League’s player of the week Monday. The 24-year-old hit a walk-off home run for Oklahoma City on Thursday, highlighting his strong week at the plate. Here’s more from a PCL press release:

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Game 55: Brett Anderson and the Dodgers are skunked again.

Dodger Stadium skunks

Animal control workers investigate the presence of skunks beneath a photographer’s well in the Cardinals’ dugout before Friday’s game. (Associated Press photo)

By the time this homestand is over, the Dodgers will have played 35 of their first 60 games this season at home. Between that and the record payroll, they really should be in first place in the National League West.

They are tonight, but only by the slimmest of margins after losing 2-1 to the St. Louis Cardinals. Brett Anderson had a funny quote in my story, but you knew he was a funny guy already.

Tonight’s box score is here.
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Howie Kendrick isn’t in Dodgers’ lineup but expected to avoid DL.

Howie Kendrick

Howie Kendrick injured his left knee running the bases in Wednesday’s game against the Colorado Rockies. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)

Howie Kendrick missed his second straight game with stiffness in his left knee. The veteran second baseman said that he improved considerably since missing Thursday’s game, and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is confident that Kendrick can avoid the disabled list.

“It feels really good,” Kendrick said. “I can do a lot more today.”

Kendrick suffered the injury running the basepaths in the second inning Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies. He scored in the inning, and played out the game, only to feel pain in the knee afterward.

“Once my adrenaline wore off I knew it was going to be sore,” he said. “The next day it was really stiff.”

Kendrick is batting .285 with a .347 on-base percentage, five home runs and 23 RBIs in 52 games this season.

Kiké Hernandez is playing second base tonight against the St. Louis Cardinals and Scott Schebler was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to give the Dodgers an extra bat. Justin Turner, Alex Guerrero, A.J. Ellis and Chris Heisey are the hitters other than Kendrick on the bench tonight.

Mattingly wouldn’t rule out Kendrick being able to enter the game off the bench — he never does with players who are on the active roster — but Kendrick seemed to be leaning toward taking a night off.

“The less I do right now,” he said prior to the game, “the better.”