Dodgers shoot for trifecta after beating Padres, 3-1

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baseball-genericSAN DIEGO— Chris Capuano could not remember the last time the Dodgers had won three consecutive games.

“How long?” he said.

The first week of the season. This is the 13th week of the season, with the Dodgers shooting for their third consecutive victory, and for the long-awaited streak that might vault them back into contention in the National League West.

“You can’t put a string together without winning three,” Manager Don Mattingly said. “We’re not going to be able to be the team that we should look like if we can’t put three together.”

The top four teams in the NL West are separated by 31/2 games. Then there are the Dodgers, in last place and 81/2 games out after Sunday’s 3-1 victory over the San Diego Padres.

For a day, or two, the boys in blue looked pretty good. Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez hit home runs on consecutive pitches in the ninth inning Sunday, breaking a 1-1 tie and stirring extended excitement in the visiting dugout.


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