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Dodgers kick more sand on the Diamondbacks in 9-5 win

The Dodgers score six runs in the fourth inning en route to a 9-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks
The Dodgers improve to a major league-best 41-26 on the road
The Dodgers finish with 14 hits in victory over Arizona Diamondbacks

Upon further review, the Dodgers still love to beat up on the patsies.

Back on the road, where things tend to work out for them, the Dodgers used two replay challenges and won both on the way to a six-run fourth inning.

That led to a 9-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday at Chase Field, which these days doesn’t exactly demand a big headline.

The Dodgers are 11-4 against the Diamondbacks this season. They’ve been beating up on them since the season started Down Under in March. They’re also 9-4 against both the Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres.

That's a big reason why the Dodgers enjoy a five-game lead over the San Francisco Giants in the National League West. That and the fact they’re a baseball-best 41-26 on the road.

Right-hander Roberto Hernandez wasn’t exactly dominating, but despite almost continually pitching from behind, he did well enough in six innings to raise his record 8-9 overall and 2-1 as a Dodger.

But this was a night mostly devoted to the L.A. offense. Matt Kemp started it with a two-run homer in the first, and after the Diamondbacks tied it, the Dodgers took the game with that six-run fourth.

The Dodgers had 14 hits and were an atypical eight for 13 with runners in scoring position. And two for two in replay challenges.

Trevor Cahill fell into trouble in the fourth by walking Adrian Gonzalez and Kemp. Singles by Carl Crawford and Justin Turner each scored a run.

A.J. Ellis then singled to center and Crawford tried to score from second, but was thrown out by Ender Inciarte. At least that’s how it was originally called.

Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly challenged the play on the basis catcher Miguel Montero set up to block the plate. But during the replay, officials noticed Montero tagged out Crawford with his glove while the ball was in his other hand.

Crawford scored and Montero was charged with an error.

Hernandez tried to sacrifice the runners up with a bunt, but it went far to the side of Cahill. Originally the umpires ruled Cahill’s throw to first was in time, but Mattingly challenged that call and won too.

Turner scored on the play and then Dee Gordon singled in another run. That ended the night for Cahill, who is 0-3 with a 9.98 earned-run average against the Dodgers this season.

Randall Delgardo took over, walked Yasiel Puig and gave up a sacrifice fly to Gonzalez before ending the carnage.

Hernandez allowed three runs and six hits while walking two and striking out three in his six innings.

The Dodgers have won 10 of their last 13 on the road. They’re 34-32 at home.

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