Game 73: Yasmani Grandal’s home run brings Dodgers’ winning streak to five.

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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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Are the Dodgers playing too relaxed? Dave Roberts, Yasmani Grandal weigh in.

Yasmani Grandal suggested in his comments following the Dodgers’ 8-6 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday that the team needed to “play with fire.” It wasn’t so much that the fire isn’t there, the catcher said, but rather that the Dodgers “at times we feel like we know that we’re better than the other team, and we can lay back and relax.”

Grandal gave that interview after Dave Roberts‘ postgame media scrum, so Friday was the first time the Dodgers’ manager heard those words. His response was pointed and blunt.

Here’s what each man had to say on the topic of the Dodgers playing too relaxed:

Teammates had to separate Grandal and Justin Turner in the dugoutas they argued between the top and bottom of the seventh inning last night. Grandal made a baserunning error in the sixth inning that nearly cost the Dodgers a run.

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Justin Turner and Yasmani Grandal argue in Dodgers’ dugout. Update.

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Joc Pederson watches and waits while his sixth-inning run is reviewed at MLB’s video room in New York. The run was upheld, but Justin Turner later argued with teammate Yasmani Grandal over the sequence. (Getty Images)

Yasmani Grandal and Justin Turner had to be separated by teammates in the Dodgers’ dugout Thursday when the two became engaged in a heated argument between the top and bottom of the seventh inning.
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Yasiel Puig, Howie Kendrick dropped in batting order amid struggles.

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Yasiel Puig’s batting average has fallen from .400 on April 14 to .265 on Thursday. (Associated Press photo)

Yasiel Puig and Howie Kendrick were dropped to fifth and seventh, respectively, in the Dodgers’ batting order Thursday, but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is sticking with the two through their free-flailing struggles.

Roberts shuffled his regulars to produce a unique lineup in his 23rd game as manager. Catcher Yasmani Grandal hit cleanup for the first time this year. Four left-handed hitters (Chase Utley, Corey Seager, Adrian Gonzalez and the switch-hitting Grandal) led off against ace Miami Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez.

Puig had a .405 batting average and .500 on-base percentage 10 games into the season. Over his next 12 games, those figures dipped to .140 and .159. This week, Puig reported to the batting cage for early work on the field with hitting coach Turner Ward and coach Manny Mota.

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Game 17: Zach Lee is coming, Yimi Garcia is hurt, Yasiel Puig is ridiculous and the Dodgers lose.

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Yasiel Puig catches D.J. LeMahieu’s sacrifice fly just outside the foul chalk line in the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ 7-5 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Friday. (Getty Images)

DENVER — What do you take from tonight?

That the Dodgers lost, that Yasiel Puig made one ridiculous throw but couldn’t make two, that Yimi Garcia was hurt, that Scott Kazmir was hurt? I covered all of this in my game story tonight; the box score is here.

The injuries are hard to dismiss. Zach Lee was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday for Triple-A Oklahoma City and will fly from Iowa to Denver.

Yasmani Grandal entered the weekend on a hot streak that somewhat ironically might be stalled at Coors Field.

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